Review Summary: Every day is an adventure
Adventures are an indie/emo band formed from three of the members of hardcore punk band Code Orange Kids. They are fairly unrecognized, at least here among the sputnik community. They write music that takes influence from the old emo bands of the 90s, Sunny Day Real Estate, Mineral, Braid, those sorts of bands. Their music remains somber yet catchy, reflective yet invigorating, poetic yet straight-forward. They take everything that is enjoyable about indie/emo music, and amplify it to the maximum, and create hooks so attention grabbing and memorable that even your goldfish would remember them.
The music itself is a very subdued version of indie rock, almost crossing the barrier to emo, especially with the emotive singing and yelling of guitarist Reba Meyers. The drummer, Jami Morgan, retains his hardcore influence, with his drumming remaining very upbeat, with a lot of tom hits. Their music rides the border between upbeat and emotive quite nicely, with songs you could cry to, or dance to. The album also features a lot of bass, most notably on the outro of the second song Promise, my personal favorite here. The song features an ultra-catchy chorus with infectious guitar chords that just make you want to move.
Adventures write music about everyday life; they write music for everyone. Their lyrics aren't about their parents dying, they’re not about anything incredibly specific; they’re about things that happen to everyone. For example, the first song I Can’t Stay, which is co-written by both Jami Morgan and Reba Meyers says,
“Take a ride in your car
Take a walk to your house to fill the holes in sentences
To question sincerity lost in stature.
So I pick and I pull at the facts that my chest needs to give up on me
As your words start to shrink into the weakness of knees
And with the quickest of ease my hands start to shake, cause I’m not walking away.
It only took one call to recognize that I can’t stay.”
This EP is only four songs in all, and spanning only about ten minutes, but it is most certainly short and sweet, and will never lose your full attention. Adventures may be a sad band, but life is sad. Adventures create music about life.