Close To Home
Never Back Down


1.5
very poor

Review

by Statrick Pickles USER (63 Reviews)
February 18th, 2011 | 20 replies | 8,260 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A band that really needs to back down...and if not that, by god at least stay close to home and don't contaminate speakers anywhere near me.

1 of 3 thought this review was well written

I'm sure almost anybody can look back at themselves in high school and find a thing or two to feel a bit remorseful about. Although certainly not the first thing on my list, in retrospect, I generally don't approve of the people I hung around and identified with around freshman/sophomore year. For whatever reason, I decided that my "scene" consisted of the general misfits who went to shows on weekends instead of, oh...I don't know, getting drunk and laid, or at least trying to do so. No, instead I spent my money on overpriced tickets to sleazy venues to see bands that, if nothing else, taught me the meaning of bad music. Rather than hanging out with cute girls, I opted to spend these evenings with fellow sixteen year old dudes, who might as well have been girls with their perfectly straightened and swooped jet-black locks, listening to such catchy hooks as "in the VIP, see you staring right at me/ Then I ask you what you need, and you say BREE! BREE!" Yeah, I would like to say that I've at least managed to avoid such bands since then rather successfully. A few nights ago, however, this elusiveness was compromised at the request of an old buddy of mine. He claimed to have a "friend of a cousin's friend who's in this totally awesome band that's definitely gonna be huge someday" and assured me that I absolutely must check them out. Thus, I promised my friend that I'd add the band to my download queue and give them a listen when I got a chance. Well, I recently got that chance, and I can assure any soul on the earth who is reading these words that this band, Close To Home, is without question a group worth avoiding.

This Ohio-based group fits somewhere in the amalgamation of the pop-punk / hardcore genres, although I think the word "fit" can be used loosely at best. If the lyricist of Brokencyde ganged up with Attack Attack's screamer and tried to sing their songs over half-assed covers/rip-offs of A Day To Remember tracks, voila, you would have Close To Home. If there's one positive thing to be said about any of these songs, it's that the band members are at least actually playing instruments rather than plugging in their iPod and dancing around with a microphone. Like I said, it's the ONE and ONLY ONE positive thing to be said for Never Back Down, the band's 2011 full length debut.

From the intro's mundane and repetitive piano opening, including the standard "woah-aye-oh's", all the way to the closing track's over-produced and endlessly shallow song-writing, Never Back Down features nothing even remotely impressionable. "Days of Our Lives" comes equipped with the most gratingly boring, generic "hardcore" break downs and some very un-extraordinary lyrics, which various members of the band seem to want to inculcate into our skulls by simultaneously shouting them back after they've been sung. Not until the record's third track is the screamer's true lack of talent showcased, which granulates eardrums in the worst possible of ways. The following nine tracks are equally flimsy and coarse, with no real substance to bring any sort of joy to the listener's ears. "You will respect me, if it's the last thing I do/ You will respect me, I am above all of you." Such lyrics fail to garner this band any respect, in any way.

Never Back Down is truly a bad piece of music. Tracks one through twelve bleed right into each other via trifling songwriting and unpalatable screams that don't do anything to make up for the bands monotonous and regurgitated instrumentation. Not to wish personal harm on any of the band members, but I wouldn't be bummed out in the least to hear that their van crashed and all their equipment was destroyed, rendering them unable to pollute speaker systems with their noise any longer. That being said, Never Back Down is the album of the year to avoid. Perhaps it is an earnest and honest attempt to create enjoyable music, but it is by no means an album worth checking out.



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iFghtffyrdmns
February 18th 2011



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

I can honestly say that this review was probably the most time-consuming one I've ever written, even though it isn't that long. It's tough to write neg's, there's only so much bad stuff you can say about a band like this haha.

Critiques would be heavily appreciated, I really struggled a lot writing this and I wouldn't be surprised if it sounds clumsy/monotonous in parts.

As for the music, just avoid it. It is bad.

pmmets07
February 18th 2011



5839 Comments


excellent review and i agree wtih what you said. it's hard to believe that the fact that their old member died of cancer couldn't help them muster up some decent lyrics

iFghtffyrdmns
February 18th 2011



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

hey thanks man. wow seriously? Damn yeah that's unfortunate but if they can't write music off of that, then they are the farthest things from wordsmiths I've ever seen...

iFghtffyrdmns
February 24th 2011



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

The summary just became awfully ironic with my recent discovery that they are kicking off their 2011 tour in Pittsburgh, PA, where I go to school. God damn, maybe that's some weird karma going down or something.

Prince1993
March 11th 2011



534 Comments


Is there any slow song in here ?

xandermander
June 5th 2011



626 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

The most uninspired album I've heard in a LONG time. effing locals

ihopeuchoke
June 6th 2011



668 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah, i don't think this album is that bad. It may not be the best or all too inspired, but I find it incredibly fun.

iFghtffyrdmns
June 6th 2011



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

lol this album.
it just reminds me way way way too much of an attempted but poorly executed ADTR rip-off.
and yeah, ADTR do have their "fun" moments for sure even though I don't really like them, but this was just too much and too unoriginal.

ihopeuchoke
June 6th 2011



668 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah, but these guys sound much more like For All Those Sleeping. Not as much post-hardcore and a lot more pop punk as ADTR (especially during the middle of the album).

And it's really not original at all, but I honestly think they did a good job at, basically, copying other bands sounds. this is really a guilty pleasure for me though.

iFghtffyrdmns
June 6th 2011



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

it's all good bro, we all have them.
I spent an entire month dancing around to Attack Attack's first record before I realized that was taboo around these parts......

ihopeuchoke
June 6th 2011



668 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I don't care what anyone says, AA!'s first record was fine. It's what they are now that deserves the massive hate.

iFghtffyrdmns
June 6th 2011



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

eh some triteness to it an some GOD AWFUL (there's a pun in there, kind of) lyrics, but it still was fun witnessing the birth and quick demise of crabcore.

but yeah the self titled was awful

ihopeuchoke
June 6th 2011



668 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Come on? Who doesn't like themselves a little crabcore? It brings on the br00tz, brah

BrownPark
June 6th 2011



158 Comments


lolol fucking crabcore

xandermander
August 27th 2011



626 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

This and The Crimson Armada are really tight for worst album of the year so far.

SOOOO FEW GOOD BANDS FROM OHIO

joshieboy12345
December 6th 2011



5360 Comments


This isn't awfully bad, but it isn't amazing either, this is a guilty pleasure of mine due to it being remarkably similar to ADTR.

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pjquinones747
January 21st 2012



759 Comments


I genuinely tried with these guys. I listened through a few good times and found some reason for optimism but not nearly enough. The attempt was a miserable failure. Barely anything worthy of worth here.

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chuckhartman33
February 16th 2012



1 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This album rules for being their first full length! the album coming out this summer is definitely one to pick up!

Xenophanes
Emeritus
February 17th 2012



10584 Comments


Is this bad enough to where it would be fun to listen to, like Design the Skyline or Etienne Sin, or is it just bad, like D.R.U.G.S?

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ILJ
August 2nd 2012



6613 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This is a bland and boring album.

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