Review Summary: A young band on the lighter side of post-hardcore with A LOT of potential! Watch out for The Seeking!2 of 2 thought this review was well written
"Talent". It is a word I don't often find myself using when talking about today's music scene. There are a select few bands that I would label as talented and The Seeking is now one of them.
Your's Forever is the debut album for Razor & Tie Records' The Seeking. It's an album that combines fantastic clean vocals, good screams, and well done instrumentals. The Seeking is fronted by vocalists Dylan Housewright (clean vocals) and Taylor Green (screams), both of which are very talented singers. Housewright's vocals shine throughout the album as he has a great singing voice, the beauty of what he does on Your's Forever is that he doesn't try to do too much with any track. It is just a genuinely great voice that has the potential to garner them mainstream success. I would already start to throw Housewright at the top in clean vocals with greats such as Tyler Carter and Jonny Craig. Green is left out of clean vocal duty on the album, but as evidenced by the acoustic covers he has done on his YouTube channel he can sing almost as well as Dylan Housewright.
The screams on Your's Forever are done to the tone of a raw growl. Believe me when I say that I do love the screams that Taylor Green provides, but in my honest opinion they are what is holding the band back. It IS NOT that Green's growl is not good enough, it is just that the band has such mainstream potential, but of course you won't be hearing screams on your FM tuner these days. One of the most frustrating things for me to see as a music fan is band members leaving the band, but if The Seeking seek to get some real attention then they must either allow Green to join on the clean vocals or cut him out entirely.
My main critique of the album is that they weren't very creative in placing Taylor Green's parts and majority of them sound quite similar from track to track. The Seeking's guitarist, Grayson Smith, put forth some great work on Your's Forever but you won't really find it with the screams. To see where Smith shines, look to the tracks Narrow Lines, Restless, and the title song (Your's Forever). On those tracks you'll hear the guitarist's solo talent.
The lyrics for Your's Forever are well written and positive, this can be traced to the band's Christian roots (they classify themselves as being a Christian band). The Seeking also made it so that not every song on the album sounds the same, which seems to be a trend today. Each track is unique and that is perhaps why I find myself choosing a new favorite song almost every time I listen to the album.
Your's Forever is an album that I have found myself listening through multiple times since purchasing it and I will assure it for many of you readers as well since The Seeking is open to a larger audience. Listen to this album if you are looking something new on the lighter side of post-hardcore. Also as a side note, this band played on Woe, Is Me's "Talk Your [S]hit..." Tour and was at the bottom of that band list. Listen to The Seeking's music and you will probably be faced with the same frustrations as to why this band would be put lower than bands like Capture the Crown and Woe, Is Me, not to mention that they don't fit in at all with the rest of that line-up.
Recommendations: Your's Forever, How Did You Know?, and Alone