Narrows
New Distances


4.0
excellent

Review

by Kevin Wrobel USER (1 Reviews)
May 15th, 2009 | 19 replies | 8,710 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "When you are old like we are, sometimes you need to get some things off your chest. This band was started to do just that...let some things out and have fun while doing it." -Rob Moran

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Hardcore super group Narrows follows up their not amazing but promising self-titled 7” with New Distances. The band consists of guitarists Jodie Cox(Tropics), Ryan Frederiksen(These Arms Are Snakes/Nineironspitfire), drummer Sam Strothers (Quarantine/Makeout Boys), bassist Rob Moran(Some Girls/Unbroken), and vocalist Dave Verellen(Botch/Roy). If you’re looking for intensely heavy music with breakdowns and blast beats you won’t find it here. New Distances takes a very different and intelligent approach to hardcore.

This album is 9 tracks of angry and repressed music. New Distances starts off with “Chambered” a two minute song that sums up the band’s sound. Dave Verellen has never sounded so angry. The song features a catchy riff and a fast drum beat that keeps you on the edge of your seat. The album then shifts into the song “Sea Witch” which has a more prominent bass line and faster drum beat. The song slows down toward the end and it makes the transition into the instrumental song “A Restoration Effect”.

The instrumental song features a much slower speed than the first two tracks but the guitar keeps you interested and it slowly builds into “I Give You Six Months”. This song starts on a somewhat eerie riff and builds to an angry climax with all instruments and Dave going full blast. It suddenly shifts into some quicker paced instrumentals and begins to fade out. The album picks back up with the song “Changing Clothes” which has the drummer Sam Strothers at his best.

The next song “Newly Restored” is where Dave’s vocals really shine. About half way through the song it slows its pacing down and Dave beings chanting “you’ll never be let go!”. The album speeds up big time for “The Fourragere” which is sure to be the highlight of the album for Botch fans. The song is fast, always changing, heavy, and has somewhat of a breakdown toward the end.

The final two songs are where Narrows switch it up big time. “Gypsy Kids” is a 6 minute ballad of slow guitars, meaningful lyrics, and a slow but hard hitting bass line. The song features a slower beat and has a very heavy These Arms Are Snake’s influence in the guitars thanks to Ryan Frederiksen. The song then fades into “Marquis Lights” which is a mostly instrumental song. It has a women and a man having a faint conversation in the background. It shifts into distorted noise at the last minute. The track feels out of place and unnecessary but it does supply you to reflect on the album as a whole.

All in all Narrows put forth a unique album that raises the bar for Post-Punk/Hardcore bands today. This side project was started as a way to get some things off of their chests and you can feel their frustration and rage throughout the album. I will say that this album is not for everyone but it will satisfy anyone wanting to hear more of Dave's voice. The only problem with the album is that the pacing may throw some people off and the last track doesn't have the power of the others. Rob Moran summed it up pretty well in an interview by saying “People should just take this for what it is...people you may or may not know playing music. It is a new band and people will either like it or not.”

Recommended Tracks:
Chambered
Changing Clothes
The Fourragere


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spoon_of_grimbo
May 16th 2009



2240 Comments


this isn't a bad review in essence, but you need to separate it into paragraphs to tidy it up a bit. also, i'm guessing you mean "ryan moran" seems to be a combo of two of the guys' names - which one is it?

i NEED to pick this up soon though. the ep was awesome.

Amnesty
May 16th 2009



97 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for the save on Rob Morans name I guess I got retarded on that part. I split it into paragraphs but does the site automatically allign it to the center because I didn't see an option to change it. btw you can grab this for only $6.00 on the deathwish estore. Any other ideas for fixing it up before I post it would be great. Mostly just want to get it up there so people will go check this out.This Message Edited On 05.16.09

spoon_of_grimbo
May 16th 2009



2240 Comments


it looks fine now mate, it all get's left-aligned (actually that's a point, they should have some sort of justified-text thing on here...).

yeah, once i got some spare cash, i'll be ordering this. i heard "chambered" and it seems as good as anything on the EP. and it's dave fucking verellen singing, which is like being clubbed about the face every time he utters a word, so it's all good!

Amnesty
May 16th 2009



97 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Lol when dave screams it reminds me of Jurassic park everytime.
thanks for all the help.This Message Edited On 05.16.09

Avirov
May 19th 2009



1206 Comments


This band is fucking cool. Thanks for reviewing it, bro.

burnafterbreeding
June 11th 2009



1466 Comments


Yeah glad to see this got reviewed, and the review did its justice.

Amnesty
June 14th 2009



97 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good to see a few people looking into this band.

fromtheinside
December 11th 2009



17911 Comments


more people should know about this.

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SteelErectedb4you8er
December 20th 2009



2616 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This band is solid. Good release.

Abaddon2005
June 10th 2011



684 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

awesome stuff. dug.

RosaParks
August 24th 2011



14836 Comments


last.fm rec'd me this. neeeed it

badkarma765
January 8th 2012



8 Comments


I just saw them play with Converge. Converge was good... Narrows were amazing.

XingKing
May 17th 2013



10321 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is some pretty tasty stuff. Those vox are vicious

Gwyn.
May 17th 2013



14990 Comments


its the guy from Botch right so no surprise

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XingKing
May 17th 2013



10321 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

He sounds better here than he ever did with Botch, imo

Gwyn.
May 17th 2013



14990 Comments


hmmm maybe i should check just for that

now I only really liked his performance on WatR, he was pretty good in the other stuff but I didn't like his voice a whole lot especially on the EP, so, well

XingKing
May 17th 2013



10321 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvmTSDycJaI

XingKing
December 9th 2013



10321 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just reminding everyone that this is an awesome record

JokineAugustus
August 3rd 2014



5846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Jamming this now

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