Just Like Vinyl
Just Like Vinyl


3.5
great

Review

by Tim Perez USER (3 Reviews)
March 5th, 2011 | 74 replies | 13,443 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The start of something new.

3 of 5 thought this review was well written

Thomas Erak seemed to be having a pretty rough early 2010 with regards to his music. Still recovering from the poor critical reception garnered by In the Unlikely Event, turmoil between his band mates about the musical direction of the band culminated in a joint decision that The Fall of Troy was over. While his former band mates Frank Ene and Andrew Forsman left to pursue their own musical endeavors, what was Thomas to do?

He called up former High School band mate and drummer Jay Beaman (Tribune), guitarist Jake Carden (The Filthy None), and bassist Henry Batts to start a new ***ing band that’s what.

This was the start of Just Like Vinyl, an American band that specializes in, as Erak calls it: “explosive guitar-oriented rock”.

Personnel
Thomas Erak (Lead Guitar/Vocals)
Jay Beaman (Drums/Percussion)
Jake Carden (Rhythm Guitar/ Vocals)
Henry Batts (Bass/Backing Vocals)

Right from the get go, something immediately noticeable to former listeners of The Fall of Troy is Thomas Erak’s improved vocals. While he’s no Daryl Palumbo or anything of the sort, his vocal work rarely becomes a bother to listen to and he even gets time to shine on songs like Kite and The Circulatory System.

Not one to slack on his guitar work, Thomas Erak all but abandoned the effect heavy guitar leads found in his previous band for a more “organic” approach (for lack of a better word). This combined with his expansive music theory and the arrival of second guitarist Jake Carden allows the duo create consistently entertaining riffs, prominently featured in the songs Death of the Sheep, No Friend of Mine, and Epiphany.

Not to be left behind, Jay Beaman mans the kit with precision and provides some interesting fills here and there (see It’s Over for a good example) but these sections are rare, and the 1:13 he gets to show his stuff on the frantic track D.R.U.M.S. is not enough to make up for a merely perfunctory performance elsewhere.

Saving the least for last, Henry Batts never really gets the chance to show his creative chops on creative bass lines. Though he works in tandem with Jay Beaman to provide a comfortable wave for the duo of Erak and Carden to take the reins of the album’s direction, he never decides to step up and take some spotlight for himself.

This leads to my main issue with the album as a whole; it falls into a formulatic pace throughout its runtime and some of it can be just plain boring and over-ambitious. Songs like Wisdom Teeth and the Slash-influenced Pulled Apart promise an enjoyable rock tune but quickly fizzle out before they can deliver the goods while the previously aforementioned album closer It’s Over doesn’t do nearly enough in its 8:29 run time to justify its length and definitely would’ve benefitted from shaving off a minute or two from the aimless passage at the tail end of the track.

Just Like Vinyl is a band that shows as much potential for growth as it does for failure, but if the high performances here are any indication of what’s to come, they just might be the band to watch in the near future. Keep it up Erak, you’ve got my attention.

Pros:
Jake Carden’s vocal work on Epiphany
Guitar work is consistently well done.
Production is well done for a debut album.
When the band is on the same wavelength as each other, the music is catchy and fun to listen to.

Cons:
Boring and over-ambitious at times
Jay and Henry don’t get enough opportunities to shine
Thomas’ vocals are still on a love it/hate it basis

Essential Listens:
Death of the Sheep
Kite
Epiphany (Best song on the album)


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Comments:Add a Comment 
ShinXetsu
March 5th 2011



605 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Go crazy guys, this is my first review and I'd love to improve so do your worst.

taxidermist
March 5th 2011



7198 Comments


Finally. I'd been waiting for a review of this for a while.

taxidermist
March 5th 2011



7198 Comments


Hmmm...I like reviews that go deeper into your experience with the album/ep. Overall it was pretty good. You'll get better over time. Pos.

ShinXetsu
March 5th 2011



605 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks man, I felt like I could've tried to fit more detail into it but I didn't want to make it overly long. I'll keep that in mind.

taxidermist
March 5th 2011



7198 Comments


For sure, bro.

Ire
March 5th 2011



41753 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

6. D.R.U.M.S.


wouldn't be surprised if this was about craig owens

HighandDriving
March 5th 2011



3276 Comments


Terrible review, neg.

ShinXetsu
March 5th 2011



605 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sounds like someone is spiteful that their DGD review needed work. Grow up please.

shortz
March 5th 2011



201 Comments


Glad to know I wasn't the only one who was bored with this. I just couldn't get past the first few songs.

I agree with taxidermist, review could have used a bit more of a human element, but you got the point across. I'll pos.

ShinXetsu
March 5th 2011



605 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thank you sir!

Anything besides injecting a bit more of my personal experience with the music?

Kris.
March 5th 2011



12238 Comments


my friends band played with these guys
theyre not the fall of troy so i didn't go

sniper
March 6th 2011



19042 Comments


i wanna kick thomas erak in the fucking balls, fuck that guy, fuck this band. gonna go see them play with DGD and be the asshole in the crowd who never stops yelling play ghostship 4.

ShinXetsu
March 6th 2011



605 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

lol, I will admit, the guy comes off as a bit of a douche especially in his interviews.

captaincrunch11
March 6th 2011



1198 Comments


Still waiting for a true successor to Doppelganger...

sniper
March 6th 2011



19042 Comments


don't hold your breath.

taxidermist
March 6th 2011



7198 Comments


They're coming this month. I think I might just be that guy >

sniper
March 6th 2011



19042 Comments


i wasn't kidding either. they're coming near me in april i'm really stoked to see DGD but honestly thomas erak makes me want to kill things.

captaincrunch11
March 6th 2011



1198 Comments


Fuck The Fall of Troy had so much talent and potential after doppelganger. The simple fact that Erak said he didn't need to scream anymore makes anything he says anymore completely and utterly worthless.

sniper
March 6th 2011



19042 Comments


esp since his screamed vocals on their s/t were pretty much legendary. i wish he would just front a real hardcore band and stop being such a little bitch.

captaincrunch11
March 6th 2011



1198 Comments


Ill let your reassurance rest in the sea lolololololol



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