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Gates – “Persist in Delusion”

We all have those bands that we look back on and wonder how in the world they didn’t take off.  I have quite a lengthy list of talented artists that I believe should be more popular than they are, but Gates has to be somewhere near the top of that list.  The band’s 2014 debut Bloom and Breathe was a hit on this site and within a few similar circles, but they really lacked exposure outside of those closed communities.  Their 2016 sophomore effort Parallel Lives was another excellent record, but still, Gates has evaded discovery by many. It’s a shame considering that they sound like the best traits of Thrice and Maybeshewill fused together.

“Persist in Delusion” is an especially strong track from the band, thriving on its shimmering guitars and the vocalist’s passionate, Kensrue-like delivery of that cathartic chorus: “don’t cry when everything that you love falls apart.”  The slight moment of pause before he launches into those words builds anticipation exceptionally well; a seasoned move from the at-that-time fresh faces.  The song builds gradually like something out of a post-rock playbook, eventually reaching a crescendo of intensely clashing drums, guitars, and emotional shouts of “all we had is a lie, come to find out.”  It’s a breathtaking soundscape that blends alternative rock, post-hardcore vocals, emo lyrics/delivery, and a post-rock progression/atmosphere.

When we look back on a decade full of some brilliant and innovative alternative rock (Thrice, O’Brother, Thursday), it’s easy to forget about Gates – a band with only 2 LP’s but that seems to be already on par with some of the genre’s titans.  “Persist in Delusion” is too powerful a moment to ignore: a gorgeous puzzle of different but well-fitting genre pieces that makes for one of the most poignant rock moments of the past ten years.

Read more from this decade at my homepage for Sowing’s Songs of the Decade.





SowingSeason
06.01.19
Sleeper pick right heeere.

dmathias52
06.01.19
This is definitely gonna be the next album I check out. I somehow found and bought Bears and Bright Lignts only EP back in 2011 and it remains a seminal favorite, and Lydia is one of my favorite bands as well. I knew that members from both bands created Gates, but have just put off checking them out for so long.

Lucman
06.01.19
Count me in as well. This sounds great.

SowingSeason
06.02.19
I think both of you will like this album.

dmathias52
06.02.19
Yup. Loving it. I need to get sick and be forced to stay in bed more often, this has been a great few days of music for me.

SlothcoreSam
06.02.19
I loved half of this Gates album, but always felt they had more to offer, anyone know what they have been up to since Parallel Lives?

SowingSeason
06.02.19
Not sure. Hopefully working on some new music!

ProjectFreak
06.04.19
how on earth have I never heard of these guys, need to fix that. this is right up my wheelhouse

SowingSeason
06.06.19
Yeah you'd dig PF. Let me know what you think of this song and then in turn the entire album if you end up spinning it

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