Make Do and Mend
End Measured Mile


4.0
excellent

Review

by slaythesocialists USER (3 Reviews)
October 30th, 2010 | 23 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "I don’t think there’s something I would trade for the endless list of the mistakes I’ve made."

Make Do and Mend are a pretty dynamic bunch, not in the sense that they change time signatures in a dizzying fashion or alter their sound dramatically from song to song, but in the sense that its damn near impossible to avoid shouting along with them. Let’s face it, End Measure Mile is a raging foray into your typical anthemic pop-punk, and while its songs rarely deviate from the verse-chorus format it still manages to keep fans guessing. This is a “fist in the air” record and it doesn’t pretend to be anything else.

Coming hot off the heels of their split with Touche Amore’, Make Do and Mend plunge immediately into blasting their listener with powerful riffs and gruff vocals. Intro “Unknowingly Strong” is a call to arms that finds the band proclaiming their resiliency while showing their listeners that they aren’t planning on fizzling out any time soon. The rest of the record follows in much the same manner with “heart-on-sleeve” lyrical musings and balls-to-the-walls punk rock with some interesting, but subtle use of electronics. Stand out “Ghostal” is a moody dirge of an anthem complete with guest vocals from La Dispute front man Jordan Dreyer. It showcases exactly what makes this record so powerful. It’s simple use of catchy choruses and unrestrained emotion provide much more connection with the listener than blind technicality and experimentation. End Measure Mile’s other highlights come and go in a blur, always memorable, but fleeting nonetheless. Songs like “Keep This” and “Thanks” are moments of excellence that fly by initial listens, waiting patiently for listeners to hit the replay button.

Ultimately End Measure Mile relies on an emotional appeal to its listeners, voicing concerns about poverty and growing up that are packaged in simple raucous sing-alongs. What it loses in innovation it gains back by means of its sincerity, this is punk rock for the kid whose ever been stepped on or pushed around. This is a karaoke moment for the father who can no longer support his family, or the disenchanted suburbanite who needs to scream aloud the reasons he can’t go on. End Measure Mile is not the most mind-blowing album of the year, but I’ll be damned if it isn’t the most honest.


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Comments:Add a Comment 
IN64
October 30th 2010


118 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

A little short but great review though. Pos

Hep Kat
October 30th 2010


15351 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah good job

pizzamachine
October 30th 2010


12571 Comments


Well-written first review, pos.

KrissWatts
October 30th 2010


96 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Love the review and furthermore the album. So damn catchy!

Hep Kat
October 30th 2010


15351 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

new none more black > this



im super cereal

Deathcar
November 2nd 2010


1534 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So this rules (review and album).

Though if what you say is true HepKat, I must check out None More Black.

Magus
June 7th 2011


55 Comments


Ghostal is the shit.

demigod!
June 7th 2011


44453 Comments


dude i love chrono trigger m/

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fromtheinside
June 7th 2011


18300 Comments


Is this better than their split with TA

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jacobxross
September 27th 2011


32 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album is excellent. Great review man.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
October 30th 2011


20857 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It takes a few listens to realize, but 'End Measured Mile' - the debut LP from melodic hardcore act Make Do and Mend - is a deceptively accessible release. Highlighted by some terrific guitar-work, the revelation here is a handful of truly catchy shout-out-loud choruses. The make-or-break element of the quartet is still gruff vocalist James Carroll, but he has improved & one can't say that he does not deliver some quality songwriting with genuine passion. There's still some work to do on perfecting their mix of styles, but Make Do and Mend could well release a classic one day! Recommended Tracks: Oak Square, Transparent Seas, Keep This & Stand Stagger.

Quen
March 12th 2012


1633 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Mmmmm this is good.

xstaytrue18x
May 27th 2012


579 Comments


ive seen these guys once and they are really really boring.

xandermander
July 28th 2012


626 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great review, great album. These guys really performed well on Warped Tour even though only about 20 people were around the stage.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
March 5th 2013


19757 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ghostal is like the best song ever

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
March 8th 2013


19757 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sigh more people need to listen to this

ShadowRemains
May 20th 2013


20752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this rules

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Shuyin
August 1st 2013


11642 Comments


fo show

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Pndi
October 13th 2013


464 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

still rules as much as it did three years ago. i didn't really give its follow up a chance though

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
January 14th 2014


19757 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

still rulez



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