Sirens.
2011-2012


4.0
excellent

Review

by Aaron Arneson CONTRIBUTOR (104 Reviews)
April 21st, 2013 | 142 replies | 3,707 views


Release Date: 04/10/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An unexpectedly mature alternative rock album from four highly talented individuals. Anberlin would be proud.

With so many independent artists relying on internet trends such as Bandcamp or Spotify to promote their music, it can be quite easy to overlook some of the hidden talent. Located in the heart of Michigan, Sirens. are a four-piece group that play an optimistic brand of alternative rock in the vein of Anberlin or Versus the World. However, what makes them so fascinating is the amount of skill they possess for such a young band.

Those looking for an uplifting listening experience are in for a nice treat with one of the most overlooked releases of 2013. Although they are labeled as pop-punk, their music definitely leans towards alternative rock and has no shortage of emotion. The first real gem of the LP is found in the second track ‘Hurricane’ in which the vocalist lets out perhaps his most soulful performance on the record as he opens the song with confidence singing “We Are So Far Gone”. At his best, he sounds like Anberlin’s front man, but he also sounds unique in his own right and adds a lot of character to Sirens. Sound.

However, it’s not just the energetic vocals of Steve Davis that make Sirens. enjoyable. The overall musicianship is surprisingly solid and every member brings something special to the table. The guitar-work and drumming always seem to fit the music well as they spice up the tracks, but never feel overdone. ‘Better Than This’ is a prime example of this as every band member sounds perfectly in sync with one another. There’s a lot of confidence and creativity heard in the drums as they pound alongside the song’s bouncy guitars. The drum work of Jordan Beckett is always well-timed and tasteful but he really gets the chance to shine on ‘You Know What the Chain of Command Is?’ with what could be his most commanding performance (pun intended). Another must hear track is the somber ‘Boxes’ which also displays the band’s ability to craft a great tune with some of the most heartfelt lyrics on the album hidden behind the impressive instrumentation.

It’s hard to find much of anything wrong with Sirens. full length release as it really has a lot of heart. The only real downside is perhaps that some songs sound similar, but overall there’s more than enough variety to keep things interesting. ‘What We Had’ stands out as different with the encouraging guest vocals of Scarlett Beckett and the addition of pianos. There are several other guest performances as well and thankfully they don’t sound out of place and help add some diversity to the album. The lead vocalist also has a good amount of range which keeps the listening experience sounding fresh.

Sirens. are currently inactive and several of the members are working on new material, but thankfully after several years of making music they were able to release their first full length album. In a way, it’s a testament to all the band’s hard work and contains ten ambitious tracks written by the group between 2011-2012. When listening to the album it’s truly hard to believe they are such a young band as there are several powerful tracks and virtually no filler. It may not be breaking new ground, but it’s upbeat, honest music from a group of highly talented musicians who have a lot to be proud of.



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nononsense
April 21st 2013



3263 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks for reminding me to rate this. Band rules.

Digging: For The Fallen Dreams - Heavy Hearts

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
April 21st 2013



18612 Comments


this is for user ABjordanMM's album. He plays drums on the release.

I highly recommend checking this out if you like anberlin or feel-good alt rock/pop punk. Also feedback is always appreciated.

Digging: Somos - Temple of Plenty

cinaedus
April 21st 2013



26195 Comments


"Anberlin would be proud."

toxin just came.

mindpos!

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
April 21st 2013



18612 Comments


don't worry lakes you're next :p thanks for the mindpos lol

CaptainHadouken
April 21st 2013



1960 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

damn, this is a throwback.

Nice man

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
April 21st 2013



18612 Comments


oh and heres this for anybody who wants to listen and they should..

http://sirensmusic.bandcamp.com/album/2011-2012


Calc
April 21st 2013



10857 Comments


*Pos*

silentstar
April 21st 2013



1874 Comments


the vocalist sounds more like Jason Vena, from Acceptance

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
April 21st 2013



18612 Comments


I haven't heard acceptance tho ;P

Song 2 sounds like anberlin hard but they also sound like versus the world

cinaedus
April 21st 2013



26195 Comments


i've also seen acceptance compared to anberlin

silentstar
April 21st 2013



1874 Comments


if you like anberlin, you'll probably like acceptance; they're a lesser version, simply put

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3T58c5ordc

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
April 21st 2013



18612 Comments


innocentshadow check versus the world's last album if u like this. I checked the acceptance link but I still think this sounds like a mix of anberlin/versus the world ;)

Cygnatti
April 21st 2013



19991 Comments


"if you like anberlin, you'll probably like acceptance; they're a lesser version, simply put"

acceptance is like anberlin but much more mediocre in every single way.


Digging: Lo-Fang - Blue Film

Cygnatti
April 21st 2013



19991 Comments


this siren > Sirens.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mou_XDQOgBY

Calc
April 21st 2013



10857 Comments


also these sirens.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97zLJ2AXWQg

Cygnatti
April 21st 2013



19991 Comments


pree cool song, calc

sixdegrees
April 21st 2013



15760 Comments


another mediocre band with 'sirens' in its name, sweet

Digging: TIMO DA LEGEND - molsom love/my life

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
April 21st 2013



18612 Comments


if u listen to this more it will likely grow on you. I recommend starting with the 2nd track it's one of my favorites.

nononsense
April 21st 2013



3263 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

another mediocre band with 'sirens' in its name, sweet

You suggesting Sleeping With Sirens are mediocre? I'd say slightly above average. Slightly.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
April 21st 2013



18612 Comments


This is a user made album so u gotta give it some credit. It's better than a lot of bands in the genre to be honest



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