Permanent and My Turn to Win…Posted on Monday, March 19th, 2007 @ 8:40am » permalink
After a CD-R demo and a 7"/CD EP, I believe "Sink|Swim" (on 6131 Records) is being billed as the first "full-length" from Permanent, though its 10 succinct tracks clock in at a little less than 22 minutes. But that's of little concern, because this is some absolutely excellent melodic hardcore that ranks among the finest I've heard from the genre in quite some time. Something about the recording feels just a touch thin (Maybe the way the vocals are mixed?) and took my ears a few minutes to adjust to, so I think there's minor room for improvement there (granted it does sound pretty damn good overall, don't get me wrong), but this band is basically dead on the fuckin' mark with everything they deliver herein. Only one track tops three minutes and they blaze right through loads of energetic bursts of speedy power chords accented by ringing dissonance and melodic octave chords, as well as subtly technical undercurrents in terms of the layering of midpaced rhythms with 90's sounding palm-muting and arpeggiated riffing – not to mention some sparse clean/acoustic passages that also play into that whole 90's sounding angle (and believe me, all that stuff is sorely missed by these ears in much of today's hardcore, so I'm loving it here). And then all of this is fronted by straight yelling vocals that have a really sincere feel happening, which works great with the similarly-toned lyrical content:
Find me the ways to sleep straight through these days, it's a funny thing… mistakes and regrets, they lend themselves so easily when I need them the least. I'll make my way through this city read the names and I'll walk these streets, the walls are talking, but I don't dare speak. Walk 'til my legs buckle, watch them give way. Say, "Fuck it, let winters fade the grey." Let's let picture perfect smiles remain in picture perfect lives let loyalty end where the paint chips away, let my efforts toward disaster lead the life where I can stand to see the same name to trace… It's cold standing here in the street. There were days I would have fought, but I've spent too long waiting for storms to clear these streets. Well let the winters fade the grey, and goddamn the ways they change.
In many ways this material is comparable to a number of other bands of the last decade(-ish) that operate within a similar span of influences, but Permanent definitely has a stronger than average grasp on quality songwriting and overall impact – perhaps because they keep things so concise and focused, which definitely adds force to the delivery. These dudes are from right here in Richmond, VA but sadly this is the first time I've heard 'em 'cause I'm a fucking hermit and I don't know what the hell's going on out there. But I'll damn sure be keeping an eye out for future output from this band. Great work.
Highly recommended, so definitely make the grab if this is your thing: