Captain, We're Sinking
The Future Is Cancelled


5.0
classic

Review

by ian b. USER (43 Reviews)
November 20th, 2017 | 28 replies


Release Date: 2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: are you okay?

Mental health is a succubus of everyday life that we’ve all been drained by one time or another to varying degrees. It’s not gonna change anytime soon, and part of the beauty in life is finding your way to adapt to it, supposedly through finding yourself. The trouble with that, is that gonna be through you finding yourself in a monotonous cycle of wake up, working, sleeping, and repeating" Or are you gonna find yourself holding your head from the toilet after od’ing on opioids you picked up from the street after working a one time job and pub crawling with friends. One common coping mechanism most people succumb to is that of alcohol. Whether it’s picked up genetically, or you just pick it up through blatant accessibility, it’s a problem maybe of us touch on and there’s nothing romantic about it. The Future Is Cancelled is a perfect meditation on the everyday man and with trudging chords and painfully realistic tellings of the american nightmare, alcohol, the consequences of the lacking love we admire, and everything in between. Through their energy and honest misery, Captain, We’re Sinking create the quintessential punk album but also one of the only true human albums in The Future Is Cancelled

The haunting clashes, the broken voice that sings, the seemingly endless spiral of ringing that the intro track “Adultery” erupts with, is a dark tale of young love and leaving with nihilistic screams that’ll keep the lyrics ”relapse,” “you’re in my head,” and ”she don’t love me but she loves my mom,” ringing in your ears for hours after a listen in such a uniquely coveted fashion. The album manages to take such mundane and overly written about commentaries on substance abuse and relationships and give them such a dark and almost sadly honest twist, while taking them to a whole separate echelon of catharsis. They blend these dark and depraving ideologies with such infectious melodies and even more painful harmonies. They manage to create such angsty ideas and have them so creatively yet effortlessly presented, it makes the darkness of our lives shine. Songs like “Annina, We Will Miss You” take the story of a girl who seems to be manically depressed and holed up into a mental facility, strapped and all, coming to terms with her sickness in one of the most cathartic punk songs perhaps even of all time. The album then just continues to flow on with incredible guitar work from both vocalists/guitarists Bobby Barnett and Leo Vergnetti flowing like violent rainfall on the windowsill and Zack Charette/Bill Orender’s bass/drum work pulsating with as much emotion you can evoke in percussive instrumentation. The atmosphere of wisdom, suffering, and honesty all conveyed through the masterpiece that is The Future Is Cancelled is one that can not be mirrored by another record and probably never will be, instrumentally, lyrically, nor morally.

But it’s not just the painstaking honesty and “everyday” mentality The Future Is Cancelled necessarily has to offer, but one of its many paragons is that the scope reaches out to everybody in some shape way or form. To put it simply and perhaps a tad too personally, when I first discovered this record I was maybe 14 years old. At the time, the metaphors of alcoholism and the religious allusions completely went over my head but the music worked so goddamn well, I was addicted to it almost. Cut to 16 and a few months, I’ve had incredibly dangerous bouts of substance abuse and manic depressive episodes and whether I’m happy or whether I’m screaming out loud in public trying to find some solace in my withdrawn and depraved mentality through broken coffee cups and torn papers, the album declares itself as no winner, and it isn’t an album to do so. It’s a humble depiction of the isolation, the depression, and the ghosts of ourselves we fear we’ll meet again or even worse yet to meet at all. The Future Is Cancelled isn’t an album about getting better, it’s an album about growing up, realizing who you are, and getting the fuck over it. Life is ugly, it’s been uglier, and it may get uglier and there’s nothing beautiful about that aspect of it, the world isn’t as beautiful a place as we make it out to be sometimes but that’s okay, it’s what we signed up for. The Future Is Cancelled pulls us out of orbit to remind us of our vices, our mental instability, those monotonous cycles, those addictions, holding our heads from the toilets, and who we strive to be. It show us we need to do all what we can with what we’re given because whether we want to give in or not, that’s the true american dream; that’s all we can do.


“and don’t take me at the word // it’s just the state i’m in // i’m drunk and i am worn out // and these sleepless nights are beating me // it’s the irony, it’s the self defeat of giving up a crutch // it’s like a grudge you’ll be forgiven // but right now i need another one” - Shoddy Workmanship



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Comments:Add a Comment 
ianblxdsoe
November 20th 2017


1911 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i love you all. this has been the roughest time of my life and this is probably the roughest review i’ve ever had to write. i know this isn’t my Suburbia or my Is Survived By but i did this masterpiece the best damn job i could and i’m sorry that i couldn’t do better. maybe i’ll return soon enough. maybe doing this is what i need. i love you guys, thank you for reading ♥️

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Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
November 20th 2017


2426 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

stop being a better reviewer than me!!!!!!!

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pjorn
November 20th 2017


4369 Comments


pos, ian my boy

FullOfSounds
November 20th 2017


15770 Comments


nice ian, love your passion. dropped a pos. still needta check this album tho

Dedes
November 20th 2017


6196 Comments


You are literally the most passionate writer I have met goddamn

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TumsFestival
November 20th 2017


2460 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Major pos man, you’re not alone and if you ever wanna chat I’m your friend



Characteristically great review

Ponton
Emeritus
November 20th 2017


6460 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

pretty cool album

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ianblxdsoe
November 20th 2017


1911 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

thank you guys, i’m out here trying as hard as i can lol hope it shows. love u all

Chortles
November 20th 2017


21364 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

great review. i love the mix of honesty and the at times casual tone here, think it suits you and the record well

Rigma
November 20th 2017


852 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

gah ian i want to hug u so hard

ianblxdsoe
November 20th 2017


1911 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

thank you so much chortles also much love rig my dude

Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
November 20th 2017


2426 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i need to check this

ianblxdsoe
November 20th 2017


1911 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

bloon yes u do holy heck

Winesburgohio
Contributing Reviewer
November 21st 2017


2448 Comments


this review is good and this album is [grade pending but i like it more than i thought it would, can totally see why it resonates so much -- glad i got a chance to listen to adultery in conjunction with your review]

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Crawl
November 21st 2017


2555 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I really dig this album, though not as much as I maybe should, considering my favorite punk bands.



The new one is a solid 3.5.

ianblxdsoe
November 21st 2017


1911 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

thank you so much wines, means a lot coming from you as one of my biggest inspirations as a writer in general!!:^) and yeah i agree crawl the new one is pretty solid the second half is like a 4.5 though compared to the first which is like a light 2 lol

ianblxdsoe
November 21st 2017


1911 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

ALSOALSOALSO shoutout to the band for reading this, commenting on my instagram post about it, and tweeting out this review!! means a lot since i rly did all i could with this one and it only goes to show how fuckin real these dudes are. give this album a listen if you haven’t. love u all ♥️

TumsFestival
November 21st 2017


2460 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Congrats on that Ian, it’s very well-deserved

AdolfChrist
November 21st 2017


19751 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I need more albums like this in my life.

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ianblxdsoe
November 21st 2017


1911 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

thanks funny enough i’m at my psych appt right now and they’re trying to send me to a detox unit and then rehab facility and i’m fighting so hard to be able to do home detox because i have so much shit to do and i wanna be here with yall still this makes me wanna gouge my fucking eyes out wish me luck lol



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