In Pieces
Learning to Accept Silence


4.5
superb

Review

by Nick Greer EMERITUS
July 15th, 2007 | 25 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Worse than Lions Write History, but better than most everything else.

In Pieces - Learning to Accept Silence

Where the fuck did In Pieces go? That's the million dollar question. I've been rocking out to their only two LPs Learning to Accept Silence and Lions Write History for the past two days or so and I can't help thinking that they'd be amazing live (though their show may be underattended). After releasing Lions Write History in 2005 they toured behind the album and then fell off the face of the earth. I know they have members from other bands like With Honor, Hamartia, Ambitions, and maybe Life in Your Way, but come on, aren't those bands broken up or something? And, if ignoring With Honor's self-titled EP, they trump all of those other bands. With all of the crap imitation bands cashing in at Victory Records you'd think there would be some space for In Pieces to unload a third LP in 2007 or 2008. Either way they might not put anything out ever again, and because I've already reviewed their most recent LP, I'm going to take a stab at Learning to Accept Silence.

The main reason I love Lions Write History (enough to rank it a 5/5) is the tightness of the band's songwriting. Every moment seems carefully crafted enough to tear apart the listener. Every interweaving guitar line, heavy bass tone, anything and everything is interesting, fun, and emotionally compelling. It is a perfect post-hardcore release. And if Lions Write History is post-hardcore at its tightest, Learning to Accept Silence is its looser young sibling. Don't get me wrong, the album is well-crafted, but instead of carefully segueing between different sections and ideas, this younger version of In Pieces specializes in jutting transitions between different section and tearing apart the listener through massive emotional leaps instead of careful, immaculate baby steps. The resulting feel is much "looser" as I've labeled it, and while not perfect is also very effective at producing awesome songs. Take the album's best track, "A Fitting Lie." At around 2:50 there is a crazy tempo shift. The song is blaring along in a swift 4/4 and then all of sudden the melodic, fast sound breaks down into a solo rhythm guitar strumming in a 4/4 that uses the eighth note value of the previous tempo as an eighth triplet, effectively changing the tempo to 12 original eighths for every 8 new eighths, a jutting shift, but it succeeds, all because In Pieces forces two beautifully composed sections of their song up against each other. It doesn't have the sophistication of the transitions on their second LP, but if anything it's incredibly effective too. These kinds of instant transitions are favored throughout the album, and as a result every single song is has split personalities between original, beautiful slow sections and furious fast sections.

This album also has a slightly different flavor than Lions Write History. Lions Write History featured tighter songwriting, with more interweaving of parts, and as a result the album wasn't as visceral or intense as many other post-hardcore albums. There were long meandering sections that got by on their ingenuity and not their ability to produce dynamic shifts or other typical post-hardcore tricks. Learning to Accept Silence is much more traditional than that. In addition, the sweet sections are all the sweeter and the brutal sections all the more brutal. They will engage in thick and heavy breakdowns with little to no attention to harmony or melody. However, they'll also decide to produce slower sections that are amazingly consonant and catchy. A lot of this is rendered by the guitars, who will use the typical arpeggiation techniques during the slow sections and use a lot of open-note chugging mixed with higher-pitched whining tritone guitar riffs or dyads. So in reality its sort of typical fare. It's a little more expected, which may be because it's from 2002 when this brand of post-hardcore was still incredibly fresh. But, what Learning to Accept Silence loses from being more traditional, it more than makes up for with the emotion and maturity on this album. The singing and screaming are both top notch, and is really aggressive and in-your-face without being invasive and pleading. The whole album sounds like one that inspires followers and not the other way around. I can practically hear tons of Victory Records bands messing up the intro to "Mistake I'd Made Again" with bad production, cheesy guitar inflections, and whiny vocals.

And other than these specific admirable characteristics, this album just destroys. Every song is memorable and fun. I now listen to it in the shadow of Lions Write History but in a lot of ways, this album has its older brother beat. "A Fitting Lie" is the best track in the band's collection and there isn't a weak track on the album. If anything, this is one of the best debut LPs for a post-hardcore, certainly more so than Identity Crisis, Waiting, The Frailty of Words, Wiretap Scars, alexisonfire, Darts to the Sea, among others. In fact, the only I can think of in competition is Glassjaw's EYEWTKAS. So ya, Learning to Accept Silence is the real deal, if a little antiquated against the band's most recent effort.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
FlawedPerfection
Emeritus
July 16th 2007


2806 Comments


Sounds like I'd really like Lions Write History. Might check it out. I've always been a bit removed from traditional post-hardcore though.

204409
Emeritus
July 16th 2007


3998 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ya dude. Go to their profile and listen to "A Miracle." It's the first track off of that album.



I have a friend who listens to a lot of chiller type music but likes Open Hand and Coheed and Cambria and stuff and I hooked him up with Lions Write History and he loved it.

Fort23
July 16th 2007


2968 Comments


Real Cool review, Im gonna check this out at last fm.

FlawedPerfection
Emeritus
July 16th 2007


2806 Comments


A Miracle was sweet. I'll start looking for this.

cbmartinez
July 16th 2007


2525 Comments


This album is pretty mediocre to me. Too dissonant, lyrics are kind of cheesy. "A Fitting Lie" and "Your Switch To The Sun" are essential though. Kind of awesome that this was recorded at God City though.

blackmilk
July 17th 2007


583 Comments


Do they sound like At the Drive-In?

204409
Emeritus
July 17th 2007


3998 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

No.

204409
Emeritus
July 19th 2007


3998 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I was recently e-mailed by the vocalist on Lions Write History, Dan. Part of the e-mail included this:



though in pieces never broke up, it is highly doubtful we will ever play or release anything again. casting around for information on the band a little while, i also discovered that almost no videos of the band exist, and none of any quality. "lions" met with very limited (though good for us), and a slew of negative reviews, though it remains the piece were all most proud of. we practically killed ourselves writing and performing that record.



in any case, you asked what had become of us. im about to self release a double album of electronic shoegaze with a friend under the name Have A Nice Life. Val, the guitarist, and TJ, the drummer (and author of much of the lyrics for "learning...") are currently in the Brooklyn band Bear

Hands, which has received some positive indie press attention. Rick, lead guitar, and Rob, bassist on "Lions", are in the CT band The Pistol Resistance and recently recorded a record.




So, a lot of questions about the whereabouts of In Pieces have been answered. It's sad but I'm glad to know.

JordanS
October 14th 2007


319 Comments


This album, as well as LWH, is excellent. Love this band, It's a shame they never achieved widespread. I don't know how they never became popular, as they have everything going for them.

KritikalMotion
April 5th 2008


2275 Comments


Can i get an upload?

Kroniknutty
September 2nd 2008


19 Comments


This and LWH are two of my favorite albums of all time, and it's a shame that I can't really find anything similar to this. Post-hardcore is my favorite genre, and while I could pop in some Hopesfall, Thrice, or Glassjaw, it just isn't the same as this. In Pieces have a style of their own, and it fuckin' rocks. Honestly, the biggest influence I hear on some of their more melodic, instrumental moments is Frodus. Another kick ass band.

handoman
October 1st 2008


2386 Comments


Does anyone know where I can get this? I really like Lions Write History and this sounds good, too. Is there an upload of this anywhere? I don't want to buy it on itunes because of the m4p files and they are always bad quality.

SnackaryBinx
October 6th 2008


2309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

can anyone send this to me please?

handoman
October 6th 2008


2386 Comments


I just bought it cause no one would upload it for me.
It should be coming any day now.
lol I felt like a little kid. I had to convince my dad that these guys were a christian band.This Message Edited On 10.06.08

cbmartinez
October 6th 2008


2525 Comments


snackary i can hook it up

SnackaryBinx
October 6th 2008


2309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

alright cb. my email is fireiswater@gmail.com



many thanks.

SnackaryBinx
October 12th 2008


2309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

man, fuck it, I'm just going to buy it off ebay unless someone can send it to me within a couple days

handoman
October 12th 2008


2386 Comments


I thought that guy said he can hook you up.

SnackaryBinx
October 12th 2008


2309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

he never sent me an email. i wish i could pm him on the forums, but the forums don't have a pm either.

SnackaryBinx
October 12th 2008


2309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

holy god damn. This album just cements my love for this band.



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