Make Do and Mend
End Measured Mile


4.0
excellent

Review

by TheGameNeededTrevor USER (4 Reviews)
October 27th, 2010 | 30 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Catchy, fun, and emotional, this album shows a lot of potential for MDAM.

For some reason, it’s always the bands that I hate the most that I end up loving the most. It happened with La Dispute, Touche Amore, and Kaddisfly. Now it’s happening with Make Do and Mend. I used to hate the harsh, manly vocals that I hadn’t really heard before I listened to these guys, but it has definitely grown on me since. Bringing dynamic drums, clever lyrics, and catchy vocal melodies to the table, there isn’t much to not like about Make Do and Mend’s latest LP, End Measured Mile.

Save for two weak beats throughout the CD, the drums are the glue that holds this record together. A halftime drum beat leading into the second verse of Ghostal provides the contrast needed to make it one of the best moments of this 34 minute album…but then it leads to an even better moment, but we’ll get to that later. Stand Stagger showcases the great drums aiding the progression of the song through use of dynamics and feel. The best moment drum-wise is the buildup in Keep This where the drummer does a fill of oddly accented notes.
Firewater’s intro has the same drum beat we have all heard before, and it really doesn’t need to be there…one of the truly weak moments for the drums. The kick drum counting in the second half of the first verse in Transparent Seas is corny sounding; they could have come up with something a little more creative.

Combining the chilling guitar lines, epic drum build up, and Jordan Dreyer’s (La Dispute) vocals makes the second verse of Ghostal the best part of End Measured Mile. Hopefully this opinion isn’t just reflective of the fact that La Dispute is my favorite band. It is also not to say that the vocals on this CD aren’t good, they are great in fact. However, the lyrics trounce the vocals by default due to them being very insightful and clever. Lines like, “The grass is only greener here if you plant it that way,” and “It’s too hard to keep pretending that you’re more than the mark of an old scar that doesn’t hurt anymore,” will have you reading them over and over again trying to find more meaning behind them.

The vocal melody of the verse of Transparent Seas is exactly what my ears want to hear every time I listen to it, but the vocals fail to impress during the epic guitar lead in Thanks, creating so much unused potential for the singer. While this album has creative moments like the chorus chords in Stand Stagger and the start/stop drums in Thanks, Oak Square has a weak structure and Firewater is extremely predictable. This album’s main weakness is the monotony of it; songs like Keep This and For a Dreamer are basically skip-able tracks. Other songs like Firewater do well at creating contrast by using slide guitar, and other stringed instruments.

This is by no means a perfect album, but it shows incredible potential for a really young band that looks to have a great future ahead of themselves.


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North0House
October 27th 2010


1764 Comments


I just gave it a listen... Not a fan of the guy's voice. They've got a cool sound though.

SeaAnemone
October 27th 2010


20304 Comments


awesome... I had no idea about this!

do you know how this compares to Bodies of Water?

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Hep Kat
October 27th 2010


15351 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

didnt know they had an album released this year. been so long since i've listened to them

slsk'ing this currently

Hep Kat
October 27th 2010


15351 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

oooo ooooo

i like. this is good

accompliceofmydeath
October 27th 2010


4217 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Damn, this came out already? I've gotta go order this shit!

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TheGameNeededTrevor
October 27th 2010


3 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@SeaAnenome I haven't listened to Bodies of Water because I couldn't find a download of it, but I may buy a hardcopy someday.

Hep Kat
October 27th 2010


15351 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

5 songs in


might have to jack it

SeaAnemone
October 27th 2010


20304 Comments


Bodies of Water the band gives away free... I think... like 50% sure of that

TheGameNeededTrevor
October 27th 2010


3 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The bandcamp link for it is broken...but I can stream it if I feel necessary.

Raccoonology
October 28th 2010


25 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

got it, this LP is jaw-dropping.

Josh D.
October 28th 2010


13968 Comments


Hep Kat is about to jack it, stand back and protect your eyes.

Josh D.
October 28th 2010


13968 Comments


I'm not big on the voice either. Otherwise, it's ok.

Symmetry
October 28th 2010


43 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So good. This is at least as good as Bodies of Water.

iarescientists
October 30th 2010


5863 Comments


haven't actually listened to these guys but reppin ct woooo

Raccoonology
November 1st 2010


25 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

amazing LP, can't stop listening to it.

djunior
November 8th 2010


758 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this is great. more people should give this a listen

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DeadbeatDankity
November 10th 2010


149 Comments


Oh man, I loved Bodies of Water, I should get this asap.

Monsterpoptart
November 14th 2010


193 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ghostal is awesome. Wish i could get into the vocals more though...

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RyanDonahoe
November 17th 2010


142 Comments


Give it time with his voice, I learned to love it after listening to their last release a few times through.

DoubtGin
December 7th 2010


6752 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

made my day when I noticed Jordan is in this



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