State Faults
Desolate Peaks


4.5
superb

Review

by Adam Thomas STAFF
April 3rd, 2012 | 323 replies | 34,054 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "From this desolate peak I feel the tops of trees pointing back at me like a million teeth, wishing the wind would come and swallow me"

Living in California these last couple years has truly been a blessing. Sure the weather is nice and the overall populace are as beautiful as they are douchey, but what has really been a pleasure to behold is that the state has become a hotbed for what has been a beautiful rebirth in the post-hardcore and screamo scene. In the southern region of the state, bands like Touche Amore and Calculator have carved out a balanced and respected niche in the community, and up north in the bay area Beau Navire and Loma Prieta are carrying on and expounding upon the local tradition of The Funeral Diner and I Wrote Haikus About Cannibalism In Your Yearbook. Even more so, everywhere you look there are smaller bands rising through the ranks creating just as powerful and emotional music. One of these such bands is Santa Rosa's State Faults. While the name State Faults is new, the band isn't. They emerged two years ago under the name Brother Bear, releasing one of the best EP's of 2010 with their breakout Head in the Clouds, a gorgeous record of shimmering guitar-lines and emotive howls, it not only caught the eyes of those in the local scene but snagged them a spot on the Tiny Engines roster.

Desolate Peaks is the group's first release since their change in nomenclature and first released through Tiny Engines (with Head in the Clouds being a DIY endeavor). The style and sound of the music contained is an enchanting blend of loud and soft dynamics anchored heavily in pounding drums and soaring guitar histrionics that is just as uplifting as any cascading reverb-laden cadence found within post-rock. This whimsical sonicscape is further developed by bouncing technical flourishes in the instrumentation, especially in tracks like the delightfully intricate “Vespers”. When all mixed together along with honest and pleading high pitched vocalizations, the result is nothing short of astounding. Lyrically Desolate Peaks is cryptic in its origins but empathetic in its ideals, fully embracing the emotional weight of loss, regret and at the same time hope and opportunity, fitting perfectly with the sentimental tug of the music. It's a roller coaster riding on heartstrings that ebbs and flows through the wreckage and trying emptiness of the thrust of young-adulthood.

With Desolate Peaks State Faults have masterfully woven an ornate and beautiful web out of delicate tension. It transcends its “wave” influences, standing proudly as its own beast. If 2012 gives us a more affecting and inspirational listen than what State Faults have given us within these eleven songs, then we're in for one hell of a year.



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Athom
Staff Reviewer
April 3rd 2012



17200 Comments


best thing i've heard this year so far

Kris.
April 3rd 2012



12152 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

too fucking good

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
April 3rd 2012



49801 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I must hear this

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Ire
April 3rd 2012



41749 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ruled live

stepsascending
April 3rd 2012



42 Comments


yep. Easily best album this year.

Hep Kat
April 3rd 2012



15019 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

where do i get this tell me now or suffer consequencskjfshnljdfjik most dire

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AdamK
April 3rd 2012



987 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it looks like right now you have to pre order the vinyl to get that digital download. I think that's the only way

auberginedreams
April 3rd 2012



5989 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i love this band.

Rev
April 3rd 2012



9382 Comments


still gonna retag it as Brother Bear

auberginedreams
April 3rd 2012



5989 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah i'm still not used to the new name either. i don't really like the new name at all tbh, but the music is still great.

jimmykidd
April 3rd 2012



528 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

damn, this is really good.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
April 3rd 2012



10585 Comments


Shit yes downloading now


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sixthgoldenticket
April 3rd 2012



1176 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

so good, excited to see these guys blow up.

Romulus
April 3rd 2012



8411 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is real good so far

Hopeland
April 3rd 2012



275 Comments


So far I`m loving this

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
April 3rd 2012



49801 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Those vocals man

poorzack
April 3rd 2012



80 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this album is soo good.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
April 3rd 2012



23798 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this review has .5 paragraphs more than the standard Adam Thomas special, the record must truly be amazing.

dcha
April 3rd 2012



990 Comments


All these wave bands are starting to sound the same.

fsupride
April 3rd 2012



143 Comments


Just listened to Teeth and Bones, woah.



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