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Too Many Voices, “Head and Heart,” from Catch Me If You Can (Division Street Sounds/Not Like You, 2020)

Despite the facts that Long Island, NY's Too Many Voices has been around for about 10 years now and Catch Me If You Can was first released digitally at the end of 2018, my first exposure to the band's work has been the result of the album receiving the vinyl treatment through Division Street Sounds and Not Like You last month. Catch Me If You Can had crossed my path quite a bit on social media as of late, and I had quickly checked out a snippet or two but couldn't make up my mind for some reason. I dug the aesthetic of the cover art, though, and kinda had the feeling that this was something that I should probably give another chance...

Thankfully, Division Street hit me up about checking it out, and when I finally sat down for a proper spin, it all clicked. This is indeed some well-crafted melodic and emotive hardcore/punk with a "Dag Nasty and H2O in a blender" type of sound—centered around rockin' midpaced tempos accentuated by somber arpeggiated riffs and subtle post-hardcore twists, an occasional dash of chunky heaviness, and just the right amount of hook-based energy. Nice production, too—I'll always gush about a robust and well-textured bass tone! "Head and Heart" is a personal favorite, but if you're like me and are inexplicably unconvinced after just one tune, "Solitary Man" also picks up the pace with a bit of the hardcore lean, while "Life on a Sandbar" and "Distance" are a couple of other moody jams that totally hit the spot.

Physical copies are limited to a total of only 200-ish copies on either black or random-color vinyl (procure through Division Street Sounds or Not Like You), you can download through Bandcamp, or—if you're one o' them streamers—fire up Spotify.

Apparently Too Many Voices hopes to have a new LP out before the end of 2020, and I'll be curious to hear it...