There For Tomorrow
The Verge


3.0
good

Review

by Davey Boy STAFF
June 30th, 2011 | 51 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: On “the verge” of something that is still to be determined.

As a fastidious note-jotter during initial listening sessions of an album, yours truly will often have enough words scrawled on a piece of paper to write three times the length of that of a normal review. Whether the remarks are general, specific, positive or negative, ideas usually flow to the point that even something relevant will often have to miss out - for readability purposes - come the final product. So when a cursory glance reveals an abundance of empty white space on the notes to There For Tomorrow’s third LP ‘The Verge’, the first word that comes to mind is “indifference”. And yet, ‘The Verge’ is by no means a bad album and continues to see the quartet from Orlando take promising baby steps of progression in the quest to realize their potential.

One thing for certain concerning ‘The Verge’ is that There For Tomorrow have shed the musical styles of their infancy. The grungy guitar-driven sound of their debut LP is well and truly in their past, while the pop-punk leanings of their well-received early EPs only fleetingly appear (most notably on the album’s hookiest cut ‘18’). Continuing on from the divisive ‘A Little Faster’, the band maintain their penchant for a radio-friendly middle ground between alt-rock and pop-rock. However, this time, the path taken in achieving such a sound differs due to the surprisingly sparse production of Michael “Elvis” Baskette (Alter Bridge, Chevelle, Story of the Year). Purists will be glad that ‘The Verge’ is far from a generic exercise in distorted feedback, since the instrumentation is well-defined throughout. This allows Christian Climer’s soaring guitars and Chris Kamrada’s booming drums a sense of real space, while the greatest beneficiary is Jay Enriquez’s prominent bass-lines which give tracks like lead single ‘Hunt Hunt Hunt’ and ‘Saave’ an almost funky feel.

While the change in approach appears to have suited the quartet’s musicians, it has subsequently placed more emphasis on the band’s song-writing and vocals. Here is where ‘The Verge’ will also prove divisive, with those aforementioned baby steps of progression unlikely to appease the impatient. With clichés becoming scarcer, there is clearly lyrical growth evident, yet one could hardly call them ground-breaking or especially relatable. Meanwhile, Maika Maile continues to gain confidence with each passing release, being more assured in all vocal ranges, especially when reaching for a high note. Unfortunately, the concern remains that the lack of grunt in his voice continues to let down those tracks which require a rougher edge. One tune which definitely does not require such a trait is the oddly-paced piano ballad ‘Blu’, a potential career-changer for Maile that highlights his tender side. It is a shame then that the song descends into cheesy AOR during passages, especially when it comes to the dated guitar-work.

In a sense, ‘BLU’ sums up the conflicting nature of ‘The Verge’, since the album’s mature ambition is both admirable and interesting. “I’m done with the same old same old” Maile sings on ‘Saave’, while on ‘18’ he claims “I don’t wanna get by this time”. The theme of progression is omnipresent on this relatively consistent LP, but unfortunately too many tracks elicit too little a response, tipping ‘The Verge’ into inoffensive territory. Likely to be the album’s barometer, early trio ‘Nowhere Blvd’, Saave’ and ‘The Joyride’ approach feeling bland and formulaic, with questionable lasting value. Alternately, it is the alt-rock edge of latter half cuts ‘Circle of Lies’, ‘Get It’ and ‘Stopwatch Affair’ that should be further explored in the future. Not to be judged immediately due to the group’s change in sound, ‘The Verge’ is an apt album title, since this quartet are indeed on “the verge” of something. What that is - and how effective it turns out - is still to be determined, but if the band name is indicative, then There For Tomorrow appear hell-bent on eventually realizing their potential.

Recommended Tracks: 18, Circle of Lies & Hunt Hunt Hunt.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
June 30th 2011


20857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

A convoluted review for what is essentially a straight-forward album.

AtavanHalen
June 30th 2011


17927 Comments


Band sucks

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
July 1st 2011


20857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I thought Maika would be your type.

Fieryfenderz
July 1st 2011


1477 Comments


Friends with the band. They're alright. Nothing new.

AmericnZero02
July 1st 2011


3360 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review, davey. I'm still digesting this one but right now I'd say agree with you. They do some things really well on this but I can't help but miss the uptempo tracks and catchy hooks.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
July 1st 2011


20857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Hey Zero. I was actually gonna shoutbox you the other day to see what you thought of this. You sound just as conflicted & confused as I am.

Awesomesauce
July 1st 2011


1084 Comments


This record broght to you buy the new Venture V5 Superlight.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
July 1st 2011


20857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I don't know what that is, but I get what you mean... I think.

ABlandLife
July 1st 2011


141 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

still more of a fan of the EP. I think their pop-punk side could have gone down a fresh path similar to Rufio or Bodyjar

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
July 1st 2011


20857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I think they had the right idea by trying to merge their 2 sides as such, but it only works to such an extent. Bottom line: I agree that the EPs are better, but it's sometimes easier to make a better EP than LP.

ABlandLife
July 1st 2011


141 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I definitely agree with that statement (minus Trophy Scars)

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
July 1st 2011


20857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The EP/LP thing can work the other way of course, but that's getting off subject in this case as TFT have continued to streamline their sound & that is what is most relevant.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
July 1st 2011


20857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

That makes 2 of us md. Like I said in the comments to your review, I think everyone that made a comment was to some degree correct... It's just how each person ultimately interpreted it that would lead to the eventual rating.

Anything you strongly agree or disagree with in the review?

TomArnoldsArmpit
July 1st 2011


3030 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

What's this? I have no idea of what to expect. Downloading now.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
July 1st 2011


20857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Somewhere between alt-rock, pop-rock & pop-punk I guess.

TomArnoldsArmpit
July 1st 2011


3030 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Halfway through, I love it. I hear more pop-punk and alt more than anything. As random as it may be, they remind me of good panic at the disco. Not sure where I get that from. Probably the booze.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
July 1st 2011


20857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Definitely the booze because I don't see much comparison at all. There is really no theatrical element here at all.

TomArnoldsArmpit
July 1st 2011


3030 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's not the theatrics that remind me of it. I suppose it's the catchiness, and the unexpectedness of what they're going to do with the song. Minus the bogus electronics.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
July 1st 2011


20857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Hmmm, I never really thought of the songs showing "unexpectedness". There are a few tempo changes here & there which caught the ear though.

TomArnoldsArmpit
July 1st 2011


3030 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I've never heard of this band before, mind you. It's unexpected to me. To hear something I really like on the first listen (and don't know what they're going to do, because like you said, it's pop/punk/alt/indie) is very refreshing . Slip Inside is my favorite so far.



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