Free Throw
Free Throw


3.5
great

Review

by NeoSpaz USER (32 Reviews)
March 23rd, 2013 | 14 replies | 966 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Feeling upset? Feeling down? Free Throw brings some songs to aid that slump.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Yet another one of the ‘Midwestern Emo’, Free Throw hails from Tennessee, America and claims to enjoy playing sad song and jamming at people’s houses. What is evident from this EP is that this young band has a lot of energy, as well as having the emotion necessary to pull of this music. What you get is nothing less than an enjoyable, whilst saddening 14 minutes of enjoyable emo.

The best part of the record is also the saddest. It’s short, sad songs, held strong by fun melodies, rough chords and virile vocals make you want to sit and drink alone. It is incredibly short, as mentioned, with a running time of only 14 minutes; you are left short, feeling as though something is missing. However, this fact can be ignored when you consider the overall quality of those songs.

Yes, maybe they are just a little simple, not breaking any ground in this style nor music in general, but they are to a great standard, rather being left short. The guitar tone is enjoyable, rather than being a standard studio tone that affects so much of the modern music out there today. Lvl. 2 Pidgey in a Masterball is an amusing take on the age-old girl/boy relationship stories, though it does give off a distinct ‘drink-alone’ vibe. The contrast between My High and My Low presents an intriguing differentiation, with the use of a distant vocal effect, whereas the much sadder My Low is focussed on a more centralised vocal, more lamenting tone.

This is really music for a wet, autumn day. Sitting out, watching the rain drip down and thinking about all the stupid stuff you did in the last 6 months. The sense of minimalism on tracks such as Gersberms! make this theme feel more consistent, considering that this song only has 2 lines of lyrics. In fact, even the album cover reflects it. A field covered in rain and a lone tree and this image is conveyed wonderfully by the lyrics.

The drumming is very simple, yet tasteful. Neither flamboyant drumming styles nor blast beats are found here, instead replaced with rim shots and reasonably normal drum beats. The bass cruises throughout the background creating a nice ambience to the music.

The downside to Free Throw’s music is the cliché lyrics and overall similarity between some of the songs due to the guitar tone, or key being used. This doesn’t ruin the fact that this is a great record, especially for a debut, but it does give the group something to work on come their next recording.

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NeoSpaz
March 22nd 2013



4506 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

A continuation of my obsession with reviewing small time emo bands.

Album available for streaming here:
http://freethrowemo.bandcamp.com/

foxblood
March 22nd 2013



6797 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

they have potential, this is barely a 3 for me though

NeoSpaz
March 22nd 2013



4506 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Each to their own I guess. I really enjoyed this though, hence 3.5

joshieboy12345
March 22nd 2013



5256 Comments


Not really my thing, but good review. Pos'd.

Digging: For The Fallen Dreams - Heavy Hearts

NeoSpaz
March 22nd 2013



4506 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Cheers Josh.

joshieboy12345
March 23rd 2013



5256 Comments


I'm getting a bit of a Alesana vibe from this.

TwoMonthsInTheCold
March 23rd 2013



285 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great EP, though I find it more uplifting than depressing. Good review as well, just look at for grammar errors, like apostrophes and shit.

ReturnToRock
March 23rd 2013



3448 Comments


I downloaded this. It's so-so. Only reason I haven't deleted it is because I plan on maybe reviewing it at some point. The intro and outro were funny and engaging, though.

TwoMonthsInTheCold
March 23rd 2013



285 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@Return - What's the sample from? I'm British so I'm not too familiar with American TV haha

NeoSpaz
March 23rd 2013



4506 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

R2R, yeah that's fair enough. I just think I enjoyed this because it suited my mood and fit the niche I needed at that moment.

ReturnToRock
March 24th 2013



3448 Comments


I don't know either, some sort of sitcom is my guess.

F0RBES
June 15th 2013



225 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

its from boy meets world

NeoSpaz
June 16th 2013



4506 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ah I see. Do you know where the samples on the new EP came from?

AFalseWinter
August 11th 2013



27 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Lavender Town samples are from Undeclared.



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