and a few to break
Procession


4.5
superb

Review

by embroglio USER (5 Reviews)
July 1st, 2007 | 13 replies | 3,373 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: And a Few to Break has created a masterpiece on their first try with their debut album "Procession".

And a Few to Break-Procession


At the Drive-In was a great band. They wrote unique catchy punk songs that wouldn't have worked if they were done by anyone else. The two singers were tone-deaf, and it sounds like everyone is playing something different. They are one of the most influential bands of the past ten years and have set the standards for a new generation of post-hardcore bands.

And a Few to Break is a band hailing from San Francisco that has shattered those standards with their debut album, “Procession“. They manage to mold the epic-ness of post-rock, the thrashing emotion of post-hardcore and punk, the odd time signatures of math-rock and the sincerity of folk into a sound that is all their own. “Procession” is a seamless album, with the last three tracks uniting as a single title track with a single theme: “Death becomes you when it takes your love and makes you its messenger”. The songs are able to differ from one another without making the album seem inconsistent. All of this makes for a level of maturity not found on most debut albums.

The standout performance of the album is by the vocalist, who sounds like Cedric Bixler in At the Drive-In after some voice lessons from Aaron Weiss. His heartfelt cries and raw yelling would make Satan cry. In songs such as “My Eyes Are Left Salted”, the vocals don’t come in until the latter portion of the song, as a climax to a steadily crescendoing instrumental “intro” in a very post-rock-like fashion. This formula works very well for the band, making the listener even more interested in the music. The shout-along gang vocals in certain sections are extremely catchy and convey the song’s general mood well. The band is able to establish a groove very well (especially with Paul Slack, the virtuosic bassist also of the Sacramento math rock drum n’ bass duo SWIMS) which adds to the catchiness and makes the songs more memorable.

And a Few to Break are a gem hidden in the bushes of the lately stagnant genre that is post-hardcore. They have crafted a unique sound by incorporating a wide variety of influences into their music, a lot like those skinny afro-ed kids from El Paso did ten or so years ago. With a little more popularity, And a Few to Break can and will become the next big thing in experimental punk music.


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Fort23
July 1st 2007



2474 Comments


It's a nicely written review, but your basically saying that they're a At the Drive-In wannabe band.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
July 1st 2007



16081 Comments


Sounds like Dfelns la cosa review.
Band doesnt seem that amazing.

Fort23
July 1st 2007



2474 Comments


I just took a listen, they're not too bad. It's actually pretty good. Nothing much like ATD-I, however. And yea it is like Nicks review.This Message Edited On 07.01.07This Message Edited On 07.01.07

embroglio
July 1st 2007



219 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

whos nick?

and yeah i was afraid of that. they're not much like ATDI, you can tell they're influenced by them but i didn't really mean the sound of the band, but the originality and emotion and such is a lot like ATDI

iarescientists
July 1st 2007



5863 Comments


who's nick

dfelThis Message Edited On 07.01.07

embroglio
July 1st 2007



219 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

oh oh oh k

what review are you talking about is the question i should've asked hah

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
July 1st 2007



16081 Comments


http://sputnikmusic.com/album.php?reviewid=12242
bad bbcde at the beginning btw.

embroglio
July 1st 2007



219 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah i noticed that. i'll fix it

embroglio
July 1st 2007



219 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

and shit you're right, it does sound like that review. hah i might rewrite it later, i have plans for the rest of the day

Doppelganger
July 1st 2007



3124 Comments


I GOT A BONE TO PICK WITH CAPITALISM!

I imagine they're named after the line in Worms of the Senses by Refused? Yes. I'm right. Right?

DFelon204409
Emeritus
July 1st 2007



3995 Comments


I'm pretty sure this isn't their debut LP cause I've been rocking their track "Indigo" since like late 2003. They're definitely good but I never got into a full release of theirs. They also always play mad shows since they're from the area.

embroglio
July 2nd 2007



219 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

well they have had demos and such, i've heard indigo and gothalo only i'm not sure what else is out there, but as for like a full-length this is their debut

kitsch
November 9th 2009



5107 Comments


does anyone have a link to this?



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