A City Safe From Sea
Throw Me Through Walls


4.5
superb

Review

by Eric USER (161 Reviews)
December 22nd, 2009 | 67 replies | 13,363 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Throw Me Through Walls is the album you’ll discover the excellence of 5 years from now, as you wish so badly you had heard it all the way back in 2009

6 of 6 thought this review was well written

The misworkings of popularity and obscureness amaze me at times. I mean, I understand when that random, minimalist, and melancholy post-rock band (however talented) gets no attention from the public; but what about the other guys? What about the talented bands full of hooks and catchy, accessible songs? A City Safe From Sea comes to mind as the epitome of this tragic case. Catchy and hook-laden, Throw Me Through Walls is certainly an absolute gem of the post-hardcore genre, an album to behold. Fresh and edgy, Throw Me Through Walls is the album you’ll discover 5 years from now, as you wish so badly you had heard it all the way back in 2009. It’s uncanny and a bit indescribable, really: this quality that emits from A City Safe From Sea that exhibits both arm-flailing chaos and controlled serenity. A complete and utter horrible way to describe this, I know, but let’s see if I can clarify a little.

To reiterate, striking a delicate balance between noisy mayhem and catchy hooks is an awe-inspiring experience at work here on Throw Me Through Walls. The sound is dark and dissonant at times, much like the very telling album art with mismatched colors and interesting dynamics. A City Safe From Sea don’t rely on conventional song structure, and subscribe to a more free-flowing form that allows for variety and organicity. The instrumentation also reflects this heavily, as we’re exposed to vintage guitars, funeral horns, and a variety pedal effects. Take note at how they rarely devolve into a verse-chorus-verse format, but manage to keep things exciting and fast-paced. It’s these noisy and dissonant qualities that surely give Throw Me Through Walls that quality of anxiety.

This frantic and chaotic attribute, though, is easily overwhelmed by those damn hooks. Seriously, whether it’s the “la la la”s on “Little White Shelves,” the echoes in the background of “Soft Duels,” or the entirely unique riff on “You and All Your Friends,” it’s absolutely painstaking to try to pinpoint a moment that strikes my fancy as they all happen to be unique and well, wonderful. Always at work alongside though, is the superb vocals. In a sense, the singer sounds like Jesse Lacey’s edgy little brother, minus the sappiness. He’s a little more accustomed to the hardships that Jesse had to deal with first- just listen to his tales of dead girlfriends on “Little White Shelves:” “All my dead friends look a lot like you / There’s no one else in the room.” The album is laden with one-liners to compliment those glorious hooks. And while it’s not the kind of post-hardcore you’re going to ponder over trying to decipher every octave, I don’t think it’s meant to be.

A City Safe From Sea has deadly potential at their fingertips. With such a striking debut, their youthful energy and technical prowess is on full display here. It’s not the most complex or involving record, though. And if you’re anything like me, that catchy, lovable quality (no matter how catchy and lovable) is sure to wear off if there’s not enough substance to back it up. And besides the on-liners and contagious hooks, the substance behind this debut feels a bit minimal. On the other hand, in the face of such an impressive debut these complaints seem pretty high-maintenance. What I’m trying to say is, if Throw Me Through Walls takes more than a few listens for you to love, you may want to go see the closest audiologist (ear doctor). This record is so catchy, you may want to seriously reconsider listening to it if you don’t have sufficient free time on your hands in the near future.



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SeaAnemone
December 22nd 2009



20049 Comments


Hasty review was a little hasty, let me know what you think though please.

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Yazz_Flute
December 22nd 2009



18770 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It was pretty well-written for the most part. Hopefully Santa gets this for me on Christmas, I'm really interested in it.

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SeaAnemone
December 22nd 2009



20049 Comments


If Santa knows himself good musics- he's sure to get you this ; )

catsinflats
December 22nd 2009



129 Comments


nice review. this band perfectly blend choatic post hardcore with some huge hooks. i cant wait to see what they do next

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
December 22nd 2009



15732 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

i was just about to review this

Foxhound
December 22nd 2009



4570 Comments


Love his album glad it got a review.

TRMshadow
December 22nd 2009



4982 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Finally, A Review, this thing is awesome. Review is a little lacking, but good overall, just under meriting a pos

Waior
December 22nd 2009



11451 Comments


john hanson

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
December 22nd 2009



15732 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

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alachlahol
December 22nd 2009



7487 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yea i thought iluvatar already reviewed this

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
December 22nd 2009



15732 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

no that was a myth

SpritzSpritz
December 22nd 2009



528 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you and all your friends is in my top 5 songs of 09. and the whole album is great.

SeaAnemone
December 23rd 2009



20049 Comments


Yeah this could use another review, honestly, I mean this could probably use some editing but it was more the fact that I wanted to review this than I actually knew what to say if that makes sense.

ziroth
December 23rd 2009



1252 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

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SeaAnemone
December 23rd 2009



20049 Comments


thanks, fix'd

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
December 23rd 2009



23807 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I wasn't too impressed with this after one listen, I think I'll revisit it soon because I seem to be missing something. Good review.

tombits
December 23rd 2009



3470 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah great review, I didn't find it that amazing either.

SeaAnemone
December 23rd 2009



20049 Comments


tombits: yeah, the fact that you don't have Thrice and Brand New rated as high as everyone else on this site probably means you won't be nearly as enthused

witchxrapist
December 24th 2009



11021 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Definitely one of the catchiest albums of the year. I can't believe this is a debut album, its way too good.

SeaAnemone
December 24th 2009



20049 Comments


I know right? that's what I said



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