Stay Ahead of the Weather
We Better Get Goin' If We're Gonna


4.0
excellent

Review

by Eric USER (161 Reviews)
December 10th, 2010 | 76 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Picky with your pop-punk?

Brace yourself, because We Better Get Goin' If We're Gonna is your first Christmas present of the year. Waiting to be unwrapped, it has some fantastically pretty packaging. Stay Ahead of the Weather may be veterans of the Chicago DIY scene, but damn they know how to entice. Besides the alluring art, forewarnings of excellence grace the band’s first output like ribbons. Every master of gift-receiving will tell you the most decisive factor in pre-determining a present’s worth-- who’s the giver? In this case, We Better Get Goin' If We're Gonna reaches ears a la No Sleep Records, one of the year’s foremost labels, home to La Dispute, The Felix Culpa, Balance and Composure, among others. Not quite sold yet? Let’s begin the unwrapping process, because Stay Ahead’s rookie EP is a celebratory, energetic extravaganza, batteries included.

Instead of lacing their tunes with breakdowns or gimmicks that seem to be all the rage in pop-punk these days, Stay Ahead’s approach is straight-to-the-gut. Punches are not pulled as hectic guitars lines and a frenzy of melodious choruses inhabit We Better Get Goin' If We're Gonna. It’s endearing, the band’s ability to revert back to pop-punk’s no-frills origins with enough grace to keep the act entirely fresh. Buzzy guitars and driving percussion are prominent-- think Park minus the whine. Raw and cutting, Stay Ahead’s musicianship is focused and invigorating, never falling victim to tedium. The influence and similarities of Stay Ahead’s tourmates Snowing, My Heart to Joy, and Street Smart Cyclist is evident throughout, especially in the first two tracks, as they astound with sheer energy. Fresh and lively, there’s nary a second of downtime on the five tracks; and while it works spectacularly in this instance, it’s the type of monotony that’s worrisome when translating to a full album.

Nevertheless, take Stay Ahead of the Weather for the band it is at this moment, and you’re bound to unwrap a present worth holding on to. There’s a lovable grit to We Better Get Goin' If We're Gonna throughout, evidencing the low-budget circumstances of the EP’s recording. “No Sleep Till Humboldt” displays a less bold sound from the band, but gang vocals flow in seamlessly towards the back half. It’s a small gesture, but tiny enhancements like this are what make all the difference in a genre ridden with uniformity, let me know that the EP at hand is special. The most protruding strength is the Stay Ahead of the Weather’s ability to develop such an energetic, vibrant sound while remaining focused, a skill-set taken for granted far too often. Only time will tell if Stay Ahead of the Weather have given us the sort of present that gets old by the time the Christmas lights go away ‘til next winter, but an ephemeral five impressive tracks prove We Better Get Goin' If We're Gonna is a keeper for the moment.



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SeaAnemone
December 10th 2010


20587 Comments


I've grown really picky with music like this but this really hit the spot. Glad to see these guys seem to be enjoying some success, please check this out Sputnik you'll like this.

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porch
December 10th 2010


8459 Comments


but d[size]a[/size]mn


fix that

nice review

SeaAnemone
December 10th 2010


20587 Comments


thanks and thanks, porch

Willie
Moderator
December 10th 2010


16054 Comments


I'm sold. Great review.

SeaAnemone
December 10th 2010


20587 Comments


thanks willy... and yeah this is really infectious I think you'll enjoy it

cvlts
December 10th 2010


8968 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

will probably either love or hate this. good review bro.

couldwinarabbit
December 10th 2010


6996 Comments


...catchy as "insert sexual joke"

also review is hip to the jive

Knott-
Emeritus
December 10th 2010


10198 Comments


I'M ON IT

Static
December 11th 2010


2448 Comments


good album great review

SeaAnemone
December 11th 2010


20587 Comments


Thanks guys, and hope you like it Knott

SeaAnemone
December 11th 2010


20587 Comments


was hoping more users would care about this... where's that whole crew that's been going crazy over shitty pop-punk recently? They need this.

BallsToTheWall
December 11th 2010


44713 Comments


Haven't heard pop punk in decades, probaly check this out.

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EVedder27
December 11th 2010


6088 Comments


sounds great, gonna find this now

DoubtGin
December 11th 2010


6752 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nice, this is also includes the singer/guitarist from Castevet (surprisingly on drums?) and the vocalist/bassist from Native (only on bass)..liked both of those bands albums from this year, so I'm gonna listen to this

great review

SeaAnemone
December 11th 2010


20587 Comments


thanks-- I think both you guys'll love this

sniper
December 11th 2010


19078 Comments


Hope this is better than snowing.

Willie
Moderator
December 11th 2010


16054 Comments


I liked what I heard off the net, may have to move on to iTunes. As for more people checking thus out, I'm going to feature it tomorrow. I'm just giving Modern American Theatre one more day.

MrConnection
December 11th 2010


3 Comments


Cool, I might check this out.

AsspaiN
December 11th 2010


29 Comments


"Hope this is better than snowing."

Yeah, me too. Sounds good for now...

Acanthus
December 12th 2010


9543 Comments


Streaming some of the tracks now and it's actually pretty good, nice review as well.

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