The biggest surprise of 2013 comes in the form of 'The Future Is Cancelled'; the 2nd LP from Pennsylvanian quartet Captain, We're Sinking. Best described as punk with flourishes of emo & post-hardcore, the technically accomplished music is not only intense & emotional, but deceptively melodic. This is despite the captivating lyrics which contain lashings of melancholy, as delivered by the dual vocal attack of Bob Barnett & Leo Vergnetti. Containing no filler, this powerful album not only builds well to individual climaxes, but progresses cohesively as a whole. Recommended Tracks: A Bitter Divorce, Annina We Will Miss You, You Have Flaws, Here's To Forever & Brother.
A simply remarkable sophomore effort, from the likes of a band that alongside The Menzingers, Title Fight and the late great Tiger's Jaw (R.I.P.) have served to further solidifiy the absolute dominance of Scranton/PA scene as of late. Undoubtedly to be a serious contender for AOTY.