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There For Tomorrow


4.0
excellent

Review

by ToWhatEnd USER (100 Reviews)
December 8th, 2008 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Believe it or not teenagers playing pop-punk can have unique ideas.

As an avid fan of pop punk, I sometimes find myself enjoying bands for the sole reason that they play their style of music better than most in the genre. Some bands represent certain areas of an overloaded genre and stand out simply because they perform their sound well and do so with a distinguishable personality. Up-and-comers There For Tomorrow have set themselves on a similar path. The Orlando based quartet has generated quite a buzz since their self released EP, Pages, was released in 2007. With a strong D.I.Y. work ethic, undeniable chemistry, and an interesting take a genre not known for stepping out of the box, the group was noticed by Hopeless Records and signed to the label earlier this year. Their self titled label debut EP is a collection of sincerely performed, edgy, ambient, catchy, and just down-right impressive minor key pop-punk /rock tunes.

Putting some pieces together, the edgy, ambient pop-punk style and the hometown of Orlando certainly could describe Anberlin. It is fairly safe to say that There For Tomorrow is following in the footsteps of their hometown heroes, but do a commendable job of never turning influence into a model to rip-off of. The quartet, despite their young age, has already established a personality of their own and delivers it with a sense of maturity well beyond their years. One of the first things listeners will notice about There For Tomorrow is how well they use guitar riffs and melodies to form a full atmosphere. Two of the edgiest tracks the EP has to offer, “Pages” and “No More Room to Breathe,” are led by strong guitar sections. “Pages” opens with a simple enough lead and builds momentum thanks to an intertwining rhythm section. Christian Climer’s lead guitar is present through almost every section of the song, along with interesting drum parts courtesy of Chris Kamrada. Lead single “No More Room To Breathe” follows a similar pattern, once again making strong use of guitars and backing it up with memorable vocal harmonies. While both songs are admirable efforts thanks to impressive guitar work, strong vocals, and interesting rhythms, the group manages to very tastefully incorporate subtle electronic samples into their already rich sound.

The electronic sampling and programming is utilized with extreme precision and care, and really puts the quartet over the top. A piano sample starts the record off before the rest of the band picks up on “Deadlines.” While the opener is delivered at a slightly slower tempo then plenty of the record, the driving rhythms and atmospheric guitar work are still present and effective. The same can be said for the slowest tune presented: “Remember When.” Even despite its scaled-back pace for opening half, the group still creates an enjoyable sound. Aside from their instrumental strengths, the vocal power and diversity in their singer is what allows them to have so much flexibility in their writing. Maika Maile has a smooth and sincere voice which works as effectively on softer tunes as it does with the crunchier ones. The group has no doubt realized this and crafted their seven song disc accordingly. Regardless of the pace or style, the group delivers a phenomenal performance from start to finish.

It is incredibly rare to find a group so young executing a record this well, but all of the signs just seem to add up. Each member has impressive individual talent and is able to express it with one another. I’m a firm believer individual talent in this genre means nothing without band chemistry and strong songwriting, two feats these Florida natives have down. The album closer “Taking Chances” sums up the EP perfectly, as it expresses everything there is to love about There For Tomorrow. Between the persistent atmospheric lead work, passionate vocal delivery, intriguing rhythms, and strong backing vocals, the track closes things beautifully. As it begins to fade out with a piano section, the reveals just how impressive this quartet is. With a mere seven song outing, the Orlando crew shows a unique personality and offers a diverse collection of tunes while never straying away from their identity. Their sound is one that will not get mixed up in the dime-a-dozen, flavor of the week acts which are multiplying faster than rabbits these days. A well-written and impressively performed EP leaves me to believe that these four guys will indeed to here for tomorrow, and I am anxiously waiting to see what tomorrow will bring.



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roofi
December 8th 2008


959 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I saw these guys on tour with Anberlin a couple months ago, they were pretty good, I'll have to check them out at some point. Good to see you reviewing again, Mike.

TheStarclassicTreatment
December 8th 2008


2910 Comments


I'm gonna check these out right away cos it was a good review and you have good taste.

Cesar
December 8th 2008


2732 Comments


It has been a long time since your last review man. This doesn't attract me.

AmericnZero02
December 8th 2008


3731 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"No More Room to Breathe" is really good, I haven't heard much else from these guys though. Good to read that their other tracks are solid. I can't help but think that these guys and Ivoryline sound alike. I like Ivoryline though so np.



Good review btw This Message Edited On 12.08.08

ToWhatEnd
December 8th 2008


3173 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I can't help but think that these guys and Ivoryline sound alike.
They do a bit but I think that TFT creates so many more memorable songs than Ivoryline. Glad to know this review didn't suck. I haven't done one in forever but have been writing everyday for school and such. Music reviews > crime stories if you ask me.

AmericnZero02
December 8th 2008


3731 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

but I think that TFT creates so many more memorable songs than Ivoryline.


I guess I'll have to check this guys out a bit more. Yeah I hear you about being busy, school has been kicking my ass lately too.

DaveyBoy
Emeritus
December 8th 2008


22489 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Mike, you’ve sold me on this one. Great review as per usual… A definite Pos.

Mate, I don’t think you’re gonna make #100 by new years day!



AmericnZero02
December 9th 2008


3731 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Solid EP! Good call on this ToWhat. I'll be looking forward to these guys' debut lp.

ToWhatEnd
December 9th 2008


3173 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Mate, I don’t think you’re gonna make #100 by new years day!
I don't think I am either....I know I am! Semester is over on the 17th w00000000t! Might have to squeeze in a few more EPs but it WILL happen. Glad you are digging this americnzero.

Against Miik!
December 9th 2008


215 Comments


So this isn't the same band that released the album Point of Origin? Because that was released in '04 by a band called There For Tomorrow and they kind of sound like a Avenged Sevenfold rip off, but with Chris Conley on the mic.This Message Edited On 12.09.08

ToWhatEnd
December 9th 2008


3173 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You know I've head that record, ok actually just the first song and I skimmed the rest because it was so bad. I do believe it is the same band, but let me tell you if you were to play a song off of that and hear one off of this, there's no way (and I mean absolutely no way) you'd be able to tell it's the same band. There are just no familiar tendencies, styles, or pretty much anything. Pretty sure the group was not even of legal driving age when Point of Origin came out.

PureBlueSF
January 16th 2009


31 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Deadlines is a really good song, and the EP is really good in general.

Distraction141
August 20th 2009


14 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is a very good EP, "No More Room To Breathe" and "Remember When" are some of the best on the cd. This cd definitely got a lot of listens from me.

loseit13
December 9th 2009


226 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Prefer this over "A Little Faster" though not by much

DaveyBoy
Emeritus
November 18th 2010


22489 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The energetic 7 track self-titled release from Orlando quartet There For Tomorrow does not add much to the strong ‘Pages’ EP from 16 months earlier, but both are significant steps forward from their grungy guitar-driven debut LP ‘Point of Origin’. Maika Maile’s vocals have especially improved & the catchier tracks from ‘Pages’ are re-recorded here for that reason. While the band have relatively unoriginal pop-punk leaning song structures, they distinguish themselves with some quality guitar-work that alternatively soars & hits hard when required to. Recommended Tracks: Pages, Addiction and Her Name & Taking Chances.

BrushedRed
January 14th 2012


3196 Comments


I like this CD. A 3.5/4 in my book. Just make sure to listen to their albums and anything that is professionally edited because I saw these guys live with Mae a few years ago and they are TERRIBLE live. Just plain bad. But their albums are good haha

Digging: Liturgy - H.A.Q.Q.

Get Low
April 20th 2018


6809 Comments


BUMPing because I desperately want people to know about this.

Get Low
February 23rd 2019


6809 Comments


I'm annoyed at whoever changed the name of this band on here. They'll always be There For Tomorrow in my heart.



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