Head North
The Last Living Man Alive Ever


4.0
excellent

Review

by grandfather USER (2 Reviews)
July 8th, 2017 | 20 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A spectacular leap forward.

Just minutes into The Last Living Man Alive Ever in the History of the World, it becomes clear that Head North are not the tween-friendly, pop-punk inspired alternative rock band they were two years ago. Though their older material was better than that of their scene peers, it needed something more to really propel them along the path to greatness. On their debut LP, Head North show the world that they have found that something by disregarding the boundaries of genre and embracing sonic experimentation.

The changes are obvious from the very beginning of the record, courtesy of opening track “Sort of Medicine.” The song isn’t terribly unlike the band’s prior work, but it’s the first example of Head North abandoning their reliance on melody while retaining their ability to convey emotion through sound. It’s this sort of experimentation that gives The Last Living Man… its unique flavor.

“Pulse” might be the most jarring example, with its tense atmosphere and tight indie pop rhythms that give way to a gritty guitar solo, but Head North somehow make even the strangest moments of the record sound just right. “Somewhere, N.D.” offers something new, too; the track is mostly spoken word, and its slow, brooding instrumentation is the perfect follow-up to album highlight “Stranger Sounds.” The latter track is likely to be a new fan favorite thanks to the delicately layered guitars that help immerse listeners even further than the already evocative lyrics.

Experimentation aside, The Last Living Man... isn’t a total departure from the band’s earlier work. Tracks like “By Presidential Decree” and “Fallow” hark back to the earnest sound Head North displayed on Bloodlines, with “Fallow” serving as the gripping climax of the record. The band’s growth remains evident even in these tunes, however, in the maturity of the songwriting and the impressively poignant lyrics. Other tracks, like “White Light” and “The First One” effortlessly pair the band’s new, noisier influences with their old emo tendencies, and it unfailingly works out in the band’s favor.

Considering the amount of stylistic risks taken on the album, it comes as a pleasant surprise that the The Last Living Man… doesn’t present itself as a total mess. But thanks to the impeccably raw, yet vibrant production and a few quirky interludes, everything flows together remarkably well, resulting in a solid full package. From the boisterous introduction of “Head North is a Business” to the deliciously folky “Hibernation Hymn,” The Last Living Man Alive Ever in the History of the World offers plenty for listeners to sink their teeth into, and the record is a perfect representation of a band that has embraced change for the better.


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grandfather
July 8th 2017


170 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I probably like this record more than I should, but I've been waiting for a band in this scene to toss things up without totally blowing it. Hope it gets more attention.

henryChinaski
July 8th 2017


4406 Comments


Sounds really interesting, checking this out now. Already loving the first track.

Nice write-up!

StickFeit
July 8th 2017


1407 Comments


This looks very interesting indeed.

BlushfulHippocrene
Staff Reviewer
July 8th 2017


3627 Comments


Very, very interesting. Really good review, too!

grandfather
July 8th 2017


170 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks everyone!

henryChinaski
July 9th 2017


4406 Comments


The vocals remind me a little of Have Mercy.

StickFeit
July 9th 2017


1407 Comments


Damn this is great!

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
July 10th 2017


12654 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

What a shock, Sput checked something I rec'd



Seen them live, boys are great

Pajolero
July 20th 2017


1164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

How are they not huge I don't even

Digging: Armand Hammer & The Alchemist - Haram

grandfather
July 21st 2017


170 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"How are they not huge I don't even"



Too youth-friendly to appeal to older people, too weird/mature to appeal to young people tbh





MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
July 25th 2017


12654 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

They really grow up with this one, people need to check this hard

grandfather
December 22nd 2017


170 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Stoked the rating is climbing, but sad the record is still so far under the radar

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
December 22nd 2017


12654 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

They were touring with I think Free Throw and Trophy Eyes



Mighty pissed I couldn't see that in action

Observer
Emeritus
December 24th 2017


8951 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

glad i found this

oneups
September 26th 2018


87 Comments


Checking this out, seems interesting. Enjoyed some of their old stuff but totally agree they needed something else.

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
November 10th 2018


12654 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So glad a section of Sput caught onto these guys

WilliaMega
April 28th 2019


174 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is fantastic

Observer
Emeritus
April 28th 2019


8951 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah I enjoy this one a lot. Never got some of the middle reviews it received.

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
July 4th 2019


12654 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

New track: https://headnorthny.bandcamp.com/track/rhodora

Iamthe Nightstars
May 19th 2020


2891 Comments


The first song is cool but the rest of this feels so generic and boring i just can't.



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