Park
It Won't Snow Where You're Going


4.0
excellent

Review

by Adam Knott EMERITUS
September 19th, 2009 | 155 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Dark, biting and emotional, a punk record that missed the faux-emo craze by 12 months and snuck unfairly under the radar.

I think I'd be lying if I said I don't enjoy this.

It Won't Snow Where You're Going is the kind of album that lends itself to solitary listeners, and it's kind of a good job; it's hardly the type of music that you'd play as you drove her home from your first date, however confident you were of your musical inclinations. A quick glance down the track listing suggests why this might be the case; Gasoline Kisses, Your Latest Victim and Which Wrist First indicate the approach that Park take to their pop-punk, and it's one which superbly melds violent, emotional songwriting with a vicious, heavy and technically impressive display of musicianship. But on paper, It Won't Snow is just another foray into the type of music the mainstream casts aside as 'emo' and warns parents about. While it's certainly true that the distortion and darkness don't offer much in the way of happiness or resolution, Park's third full-length release is musically invigorating, passionate and enthralling.

Notable musical points of reference are Thursday, Armor For Sleep and Cauterize, but that reads more as a list of "If You Like"s as opposed to an accurate set of influences. The truth is that Park's sound isn't wholly original, but it's also tough to remember a convincingly executed version of the same downbeat, up-tempo aesthetic with as much kick and power of immersion as It Won't Snow; the post-hardcore riffs are heavy and suffocating, the drums are forceful and prominent, and vocalist Ladd Mitchell's narrow melodies are conistently captivating. It's also notable that It Won't Snow houses a reasonable amount of technical expertise, which comes to the surface in plenty of rapid-fire passages - Your Latest Victim, for example, which moves at breakneck speed throughout, momentous and dramatic as always.

Waking up, soaked in sweat, wondering who you're lying with.

And the drama never lets up; It Won't Snow does absolutely nothing by halves, even when it's playing at half the volume. Conversations With Emily is the only soft song present, a tender indie-rock ballad which plays host to heartbreak and resignation on their emptiest levels, dragging out the sentiment painfully to make it clear how much it hurts. Quiet and melancholy, it comes as something of a surprise that it's so well fashioned and reveals in full a depth that's otherwise slightly buried, but the fantastic thing about It Won't Snow is it doesn't feel out of place, it just proves that Park have their heads on right and know what they're doing. Furthermore, when you mix it with the heavy-as-f**k ending of Dear Sweet Impaler, it provides the necessary variety for this record not to get dull or one-track. While it's not a good idea to listen to It Won't Snow too frequently (it's hardly the feel-good record of 2003) there's nothing stopping you from a musical point of view. There are very few points where such dense, focussed musicianship becomes tedious, and that in itself is an achievement.

On the whole, It Won't Snow Where You're Going comes across as a host of lyrical changes of direction and quick-fire, scattered soundbites delivered beneath a wall of dark, distorted riffs. It's raw, rough, cutting and anxious, and at certain points its single-minded nature becomes mesmerizing - dizzying, even - to the point where you lose yourself. There's nothing wrong with that - everybody needs to get lost once in a while, and It Won't Snow is a mindset-altering record if nothing else. Angry, bitter and violent, it swings through tempos and intoxicating guitar lines like the best of them, but it's much stronger and more confident than you'd imagine. On paper, Park don't sound much better than good, but It Won't Snow isn't the kind of album that would give a f**k anyway.

But don't you find it reassuring; that one consolation growing?
My darling boy, it won't snow, where she is going.




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Comments:Add a Comment 
Knott-
Emeritus
September 19th 2009


10198 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You can download or stream this album on the band's purevolume page at:

http://www.purevolume.com/park

These guys have broken up now and I'd never heard of them until a week and a half ago but this album rules.

Waior
September 19th 2009


11460 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sounds pleasant but I don't really know if I'd bite into this... at all.

But consider the review bitten.

Knott-
Emeritus
September 19th 2009


10198 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Haha chomp!

Wait, have you heard this? Or not? Haha.

Waior
September 19th 2009


11460 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's one of those freaky amnesia ratings. I guess I have to listen to it after all!

Knott-
Emeritus
September 19th 2009


10198 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

'specially since it's free, and stuff.

And excellent.

xNintendoCorex
September 19th 2009


1272 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great stuff, park really deserved so much more loving.
the 3rd album was just as good, if not better.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
September 20th 2009


20857 Comments


Sounds interesting Adam... & the review made it so. These guys from the U.S or U.K?

Knott-
Emeritus
September 20th 2009


10198 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Very definitely from the US. Illinois, j'crois.

xNintendoCorex
September 20th 2009


1272 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

get it davey! then get building a better___


SeaAnemone
September 20th 2009


20534 Comments


Great review, wish I could've done the album justice the way you had. also, give this more than a week and I'd be willing to bet it creeps up to a 4.5.

Digging: Pharmakon - Bestial Burden

Knott-
Emeritus
September 20th 2009


10198 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

At the moment it's about 4.1 for me personally but I doubt it will get to 4.5. This is the most solid 4 rating I've ever given review-wise.

That's not to say my own rating won't change though, I just can't see myself listening to it too frequently because, well, I think I explained that.

I mean, they include a note in the CD booklet with suicide hotline numbers and shit, lol. It's not the most depressing album ever but it might be the least happy.

SeaAnemone
September 20th 2009


20534 Comments


interesting... I guess I just say so because it's an incredibly personal album for me, the lyrics tend to do that I think.

Knott-
Emeritus
September 21st 2009


10198 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

still need their 3rd album apparently

xNintendoCorex
September 21st 2009


1272 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

DAMN STRAIGHT!!!!!

Yotimi
September 21st 2009


6523 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Awesome review Strikey. Most underrated band ever imo. This was my favorite album for about a year back in 03/04. I probably listened to it more than any other album - and I didn't kill myself! So go ahead and feel free to listen more. Btw, Building a Better is awesome (more polished, less depressing) and No Signal rules too (less polished, more poppy, but the "catchiest" of them all and has "Cover Up" which rules in every way). Scene 14 isn't really an official release and is almost impossible to find - it's OK, but not really worth the time. Also, check out their cover of Blink 182's "Obvious" - it was the only good song on the Blink tribute album. And their song "Nice Night For a Fist Fight" on Drive Thru Records / Purevolume Compilation - It's great.

xNintendoCorex
September 21st 2009


1272 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good summary yotimi, i still dont have no signal, i was never really interested in it.
nice night for a fist fight rules

Knott-
Emeritus
October 28th 2009


10198 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah this might

might

might be getting towards a 4.5

KritikalMotion
October 28th 2009


2262 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

going to get this now, sounds depressingly awesome

Yotimi
October 28th 2009


6523 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Judging by your album ratings you should dig this. This albums starts awesomely with the intro to Gasoline Kisses, and never lets up. One of the few albums I've listened to regularly for years.

Knott-
Emeritus
October 28th 2009


10198 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

so catchyyyyyy and yet so not poppy



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