The Distance "The Rise, the Fall, and Everything in Between" CDPosted on Tuesday, September 5th, 2006 @ 9:16am » permalink
Whoa. I haven't really followed The Distance over the years because I was never particularly blown away by their relatively basic hardcore, so I was pretty lazy about finally getting around to listening to "The Rise, the Fall, and Everything in Between", the band's debut full-length for Abacus Recordings. Well, I can definitely say that I regret that now, because this shit is fuckin' great. The artwork alone would suggest that there's been a major change in approach here, and that's absolutely the case on every level. Having come up in the hardcore scene, and more specifically having been a part of the Bridge Nine roster at one point in time, I wouldn't be at all surprised were The Distance dealing with cries of "Sellout!" from purists as a result of their decisions on this record, though I'm actually surprised that they haven't started blowing up a little more already based on the nature of this material. I mean, fuck it, man… good songs are good songs, so while there's barely anything about this album that you could refer to as "hardcore" (it's more like a catchy, heavy-ish brand of pseudo emo with hints of pop-punk and roots in ultra, ultra, ultra melodic hardcore), there's no question at all that this is by far The Distance's strongest material to date, and while I enjoyed some of their earliest work, I'm not gonna lie: I'm much more a fan of this.
Excellent, excellent work. A lot of people might disagree with me on this one, but you're all wrong! Ha, ha… If you're not opposed to memorable songwriting and melody, nor bands shifting direction, then pick this fucker up and enjoy: