Write This Down
Write This Down


3.5
great

Review

by Alex Trinkner CONTRIBUTOR (73 Reviews)
April 22nd, 2010 | 25 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Please don’t look at the album cover and decide not to listen to this

Write This Down is a band that has seen many different obstacles. When they first started out a few years back they were an unsigned, six-piece, cookie-cutter post hardcore band. The Alarm The Alarm Ep was a overall solid release, but didn’t really do anything to make Write This Down stand out from the sea of bands so similar to them. But, nonetheless, Tooth And Nail Records decided to take a risk with Write This Down and sign them. After massive lineup changes, Write This Down was dwindled down to 3 members including a single guitarist, a drummer and a lead singer. Thankfully the original singer stuck around, providing what is easily the best part of the band.

Band Members:
Chad Nichols - Drums
Johnny Collier - Vocals
Nate Rockwell – Guitar


As you can see there is an absence of bass throughout Write This Down’s entire self-titled debut. It’s obviously there, but because there is a studio bassist, the bass really doesn’t stick out all that well. The rest of the instrumentation is a rather stripped down version of the old Write This Down. It seems as though they have traded the semi-technical guitar riffs with repetitive guitar hooks, and unique song structures with an overabundance of choruses. But this isn’t musically a horrible thing. Although being repetitive Write This Down is a band that knows how to write catchy songs. The first single, Renegades repeats the chorus so many times that there isn’t much room for much else to be put in there. But the chorus is insanely catchy. I guarantee that you will be singing (or screaming) We are the Renegades, we shoot to kill, we shoot to kill over and over again. The song stops a minute and a half in and starts to slowly build up into a climatic bridge followed by a few of the choruses thrown in for good measure. Overall I would say that Write This Down picked a fitting single. Renegades shows the raw ferocity that makes Write This Down a band that is really ready to shine.

There are two remakes from the EP that Write This Down felt necessary to put on here, Alarm The Alarm and Kings and Consolers. Personally, the only real song that I enjoyed off of the EP was With Kings and Consolers, so I was happy to see that they were including it on their debut record. There are a few minor changes that are made throughout the song. The guitar part is different for the main parts of the song, and the song is overall faster. Also the breakdown/bridge features a completely different instrument section, adding to the dynamic that I felt was lacking in the first place. I can’t find the original version of Alarm the Alarm but the remake of the song is a great way to be introduced to Write This Down. It has it all, the screaming/singing duel vocals, the pop-sensibilities and driving guitars. With this track Johnny Collier really has a chance to show off his clean vocals, and boy, are they good. Although he really doesn’t have a super huge range, Collier manages to bring the listeners on a journey throughout the entire 11 tracks.

But there are a few areas that Write This Down can improve on. Most noticeably in the lyrics department. Most of the songs are overly preachy. I am not one to hate on a band for voicing their opinion, quite to the contrary, I enjoy when a band does this. It makes the music seem more honest. But most of the songs have many lines taking about their Christianity. It would be nice to see Write This Down branch out a little more and use more literary elements in their song writing as well. But it’s only their debut album so they do have a lot of time to improve.

With Write This Down’s self titled debut, we see a band that seems to have been around a while. Overall the songs seem very polished and well written. Every song has a part that will get stuck in your head and make you want to listen to this again.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
atrink
Contributing Reviewer
April 22nd 2010


2845 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

first review in a while so help me out with grammar mistakes and all that good stuff.

but lol at the album cover

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
April 22nd 2010


2845 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is so catchy. Check it out y'all

FailureOnMyLips
April 23rd 2010


75 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I actually expected something more from this based on the album cover. It looks like three dudes with a sense of humor that play heavy music. What I got was Bore City.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
April 23rd 2010


17939 Comments


oh god really

this

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
April 23rd 2010


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

big 'ol NOPE

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
April 23rd 2010


2845 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah I didnt think many people would like this. I just think it's so catchy

Phantom
April 23rd 2010


8930 Comments


Band name reminded me of Van Wilder


Aaaaaaaaand then I looked at the cover: no dice.

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
April 23rd 2010


2845 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah it's pretty bad

Apollo
April 23rd 2010


10357 Comments


who would you compare this to atrink?

WhiteWallStargazers
April 23rd 2010


2647 Comments


I HATE this band with a passion. . they're not good at all

WhiteWallStargazers
April 23rd 2010


2647 Comments


Renegades is a remake too

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
April 23rd 2010


2845 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It is? My bad.

And I would compare this to like early emery or if you've ever heard a band chasing victory. They sound like them

FailureOnMyLips
April 26th 2010


75 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Please don't compare them to Emery or Chasing Victory, then people would think those bands would suck too.

davidallan
April 27th 2010


2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

FailureOnMyLips...let me guess - you work at mcdonalds, still live at your parents house, and hope to one day conquer the world by giving the middle finger to 'the man'.

About as much as I'd expect from a narrow minded, mid-western punk kid who actually think his opinion matters.

This record blew my mind. What's sad, is that you've fallen prey to the sub-culture that will one day lead you to your mid-thirties with no hair line working as the new store manager at HOT TOPIC.

To each his own.

davidallan
April 27th 2010


2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

WhateWallStargazers... I tried looking into seeing where Renegade was orginigally recorded by... Who did it?

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
April 27th 2010


2845 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Alright this isn't that good, but it doesn't suck that bad

WhiteWallStargazers
April 27th 2010


2647 Comments


I'm quite sure WTD did it on an EP. . .almost 100% sure

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
April 27th 2010


2845 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The alarm the alarm ep?


thedrizzle
April 28th 2010


1 Comments


seriously. if you don't like something, just say you didn't care for it. 'its not my thing.' cynicism is gross. this band is good man. they're doing their thing. end of story. they write good songs.

ps. as song isn't a remake if it's your own song, especially if it hasn't been released through national distribution channels.

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
April 28th 2010


2845 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

That last sentence is really stupid. Bands remake their own songs all the time and it's still called a remake



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