Frameworks
Small Victories


4.5
superb

Review

by Alex Trinkner CONTRIBUTOR (73 Reviews)
February 9th, 2013 | 54 replies


Release Date: 02/12/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Touché Amore meets Defeater meets Piano Becomes The Teeth. Intrigued?

Frameworks is a band that has it figured out. Although these Gainesville natives have yet to release a full length endeavor, they have managed to perfect their sound, a sound that is almost too good to be true. The bands spearheading the current hardcore/sceamo revival are obvious; bands such as Defeater, Pianos Become The Teeth and Touché Amore have managed to remind us that emotional and melodic hardcore is not dead. I would like to introduce you to another band that deserves a spot alongside these genre-giants. Frameworks is a band whose sound is not overtly difficult to describe; imagine a band with passion akin to Touché Amore, gut wrenching vocals like Defeater and instrumentation that closely parallels Pianos Become The Teeth and you basically have Frameworks.

Frameworks second EP Small Victories is just that, a small victory, reminding us that there are still, and always will be, bands that create passionate music. This is an album characterized by violent, crashing highs and slow, flowing lulls. Although this is a short release (there are a mere four tracks and every single song clocks in at less than 3 minutes) Small Victories says what is needed to be said, and does what is needed to be done. Through these four songs a new wave of fans will inevitably be introduced to Frameworks.

If one were to be curious as to where to find the previously mentioned violent highs and smooth lulls it wouldn’t be all that difficult to find examples. Every single track goes through multiple ups and downs always managing to procure a listeners interest while they are at the brink of boredom. In the two minutes and twenty-five seconds of the chaotic album opener Ida we are treated to no less than 3 abrupt shifts in the song. While this may seem off-putting to some fear not, for these starts and stops seem as organic and ordinary as could be possible. It seems in their short tenure as a band Frameworks have mastered this stop/start song writing, not using it as a crutch as some bands but implementing it tastefully.

Small Victories is a step in the right direction – actually it is a step in many right directions. The vocals hit harder and closer to home, the instrumentation has focused more on atmosphere and has subsequently increased tenfold and the lyrics have seen drastic improvement. Where in the last release we saw lyrics such as [i]”The greatest war we have to face, is when love and lust share the same face”[i] the words found on the new release never seem forced or awkward, instead adding the overall unity between tracks.

Every single track has something that will make listeners perk up and pay attention. Sewn has one of the catchiest intros this young band has written , Model Homes starts out with a beautiful atmospheric guitar part/tone and transitions into an emotional gut wrenching performance, while album closer Old Chokes includes swung drums and droning guitars incrementally . Each song flows perfectly into the next, creating a wondrous sense of cohesion, perfectly fitting of record such as this.

With passion oftentimes devoid of releases in the post-hardcore ‘scene’, Frameworks have proven that they can hang with the best of them. Although they have only released two EP with less than 10 tracks combined, Frameworks is poised to release one of the most anticipated debut albums in recent memory.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
atrink
Contributing Reviewer
February 9th 2013


2845 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Half the album is streaming here: Frameworks.bandcamp.com I pre-ordered it so I have the digital copy already. This officially comes out on the 12th. this is still legit to review right? even if it's not streaming entirely?

But this is good. Like. Really good

Thanntos
February 9th 2013


321 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Preordered as well and liking it a lot. But vocals sound a little more distant and not as clear (ie the words) as they do on 'Every day is the same'. Still 'Old Chokes' is fantastic.

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
February 9th 2013


2845 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah. The vocals are little less decipherable. But they're a lot more powerful. I find that to be a fair trade off lol

KSK1
February 9th 2013


4094 Comments


Didn't realize this was out. Just started listening to their EP like 2 weeks ago and it's fantastic.
Definitely gonna check this out.

EDIT: just read the 1st comment

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
February 9th 2013


2845 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Well it's out in 3 days. And it's not entirely streaming yet. But I have a digital pre-order copy. This is better than their first ep, which is fantastic as well

KSK1
February 9th 2013


4094 Comments


The songs on their bandcamp are great. Sounds way different than Every Day Is The Same though.

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
February 9th 2013


2845 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah it's pretty different. In a good way though

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
February 9th 2013


2845 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I lied. It's all streaming on spotify if anyone is interested. It's under the 'Singles' section

CasinoColumbus
February 11th 2013


340 Comments


Touché Amore meets Defeater meets Piano Becomes The Teeth. Intrigued?
Fuck yes I am.

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
February 11th 2013


2845 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

As well you should be lol. Judging by your ratings this looks like something you'll enjoy

CasinoColumbus
February 11th 2013


340 Comments


Listened to those songs on bandcamp and yep, they're pretty great. Are they going to release a full length this year?

Have a pos by the way.

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
February 11th 2013


2845 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I have no idea. I don't think so. But thanks man

Thanntos
February 12th 2013


321 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just got my pre-order vinyl in the mail. It's sick.

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
February 12th 2013


2845 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Well i'm glad you're enjoying it! I sent mine to my dads house somehow so now I have to wait until i can stop by to pick it up. How does the quality sound?

pmmets07
February 12th 2013


5929 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i definitely like this release but i don't hear any of the bands you mentioned in the summary really

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
February 13th 2013


2845 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Not at all? Maybe it was a bit of an over-exaggeration of their sound.. But most people I talk to about this album can make connections to at least one or two of those bands

loveisamixtape
March 1st 2013


6274 Comments


their first ep always made me think of touche amore meets defeater's instrumentals

would i dig this

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
March 1st 2013


2845 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's different than their first ep. It's more 'raw'

But yeah i think you would

loveisamixtape
March 1st 2013


6274 Comments


i'll check it out. i pos'd this btw, good review and stuff. should really apply for contrib

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
March 1st 2013


2845 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks man. I did apply for contributor. I got passed over. I'm still hoping for a ghost promotion though lol



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