Captain, We're Sinking
The Future Is Cancelled


5.0
classic

Review

by NotTheSun0 USER (3 Reviews)
January 11th, 2021 | 25 replies


Release Date: 2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It's the irony and self defeat of giving up a crutch.

When you were still alive, and I was in your thoughts. We would often listen to music together. Songs of love and angst played through the car speakers as we drove far away from our mundane lives. We talked of religion, childhood, and our parents. We blamed no one but ourselves for the shape of our lives, but it led us to one another. I wish you were still here, but... The Future Is Canceled.

If you had told me when Captain, We're Sinking dropped The Future is Canceled, that it would end up being one of my favorite albums, not only of that year but of all time. I wouldn't have believed you. After a disappointing dive into their debut album, and not really caring for it. I had basically written this band off. However, I eventually made my way back to The Future Is Canceled, and after a bit of hesitation and morbid curiosity. I was sucked in.

The album in stark contrast to the previous one is undeniably better. The production allows this band to shine. Instead of sounding like it was recorded in someone's garage, badly, I might add. The band starts it off with some guitar feedback and then kicks it into high gear with a really frantic song that sets the tone of the album perfectly. The band isn't ***ing around anymore. They want your attention, they demand it, and they will get it.

The Future is Canceled is home to songs of mental health, alcoholism, lost love, alienation, and divorce. Yet, despite all that... Would you believe me if I said the album actually manages to be fun? Cause, it is. It's really ***in' fun. It's just insanely catchy. Despite being overwhelmingly depressing at times. Yet, the band sounds like they're having fun. Even if the singers are on the verge of a simultaneous mental breakdown.

"Well, I'm drinking from my father's flask. And, there's something burning on my lips...This *** tastes just like medicine, but I'll take it for what it is..."

Nothing showcases the band's change better than the song "Lake" though. Holy ***ING ***... This song has teeth and they are going for your throat. It's MUCH louder than anything else on the album. Undeniably one of the most depressing songs on the album, by quite a fair margin too.

"She puts on her mom's old jewelry, and catches a glimpse of herself and laughs hysterically...She's got her mother's eyes and her father's grin. She shares her sister's love for prescription medicine...She likes to sin."

Then the chorus comes in and prepares for some ear-piercing screams. The song has the most manic songwriting on the album going from soft-spoken, slow, and delicately strummed guitar. To screaming for help and company. This song was when I realized just how talented this band was. I mean the lyricism and songwriting were on an entirely different level from when I last heard them.

The album doesn't dwell in the chaos instead it serves as a cautionary tale for those who will face the same demons in their lives to not lose themselves in the wreck... "As I watch my friends disappear I said, "I drove them away, I set myself as king again. Of the greatest junkyard that this world has ever seen, and I can't remember what I was looking for..."

Because, as cliche, as it sounds... There's a light at the end of the tunnel. You just have to keep your head up. Keep looking forward to the future. Despite what they say... it's not canceled.


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Iluvatar EMERITUS (4.9)
The Future is Cancelled is a perfect punk album. Get it before it's not cool anymore...

ian b. (5)
are you okay?...

Vansact (5)
Some music is meant to be experienced, not listened to....

Brady Hayes (5)
Punk Album of the Year...



Comments:Add a Comment 
Colton
January 11th 2021


7319 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I hope these guys drop another good album one day

Digging: Pinegrove - Amperland, NY

NotTheSun0
January 11th 2021


12 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

They did an album after this. It was okay but lacked the immediacy of this one.

Colton
January 11th 2021


7319 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah I mean something on this level

NotTheSun0
January 11th 2021


12 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah, I wish they would come back and do another album. They were pretty decent despite that disappointing follow-up. I've listened to this album like a hundred times. I have only listed to the follow up like maybe 5 times.

NotTheSun0
January 11th 2021


12 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Not that it's bad, but I just keep forgetting it was even a thing.

ian b
January 11th 2021


1402 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

good rev, glad to know that this album still means a lot to people. maybe i'll write a rev for it some day when i find the words



edit: nvm i see that 16 y/o me on benzos did it already a few years ago lol

MyNameIsPencil
January 11th 2021


5634 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i like the songs that cause the pain

good review, have a pos

Digging: Frail Body - A Brief Memoriam

NotTheSun0
January 11th 2021


12 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks for the nice words, guys. I love this album. Hope this band comes back. Some day...

YoYoMancuso
January 11th 2021


13477 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this review totally matches the intensity of the album, pos'd

Digging: Domestic Terminal - I Could See Midnight Sky

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
January 11th 2021


57545 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Sick review

Digging: Bladee x ECCO2K - Remote Utopias

Minushuman24
January 11th 2021


4601 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

First paragraph is powerful, thanks, pos.

NotTheSun0
January 11th 2021


12 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I used to listen to this with an ex of mine who commit suicide. She was the inspiration for this review. Hold onto those you love because you don't know how long they will be around and then all you have is the memories both the painful and meaningful ones become a mesh of shit. It sucks, but life goes on. Ya know?

parksungjoon
January 11th 2021


25907 Comments


yea

Digging: Government - Shitshitshit [japanese death poem]

Minushuman24
January 11th 2021


4601 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Hah, no I get it man. My partner passed two months ago, I remember distinctly buying a 24 pack of beer and listening to this album as we drove up north in the dark to spend our time no where. My condolences to your loss, man, truly, and you're strong for letting that influence your writing on this review--it is absolutely excellent.

ian b
January 11th 2021


1402 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

so much love to you both, this album has helped me through a couple of really close losses to me, and im happy to see that it can do the same for others as it did for me

Pikazilla
January 11th 2021


14409 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

this band is cancelled

ian b
January 11th 2021


1402 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

pika why do you hate good music

Snake.
January 11th 2021


22613 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

so glad I got to see these guys before they broke up

Pangea
January 11th 2021


5504 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review! I don't love the album in the same way as i used too, but more tequila, less joe is still as stunning as ever

Digging: Crippled Black Phoenix - Ellengaest

NotTheSun0
January 11th 2021


12 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

@Snake

You lucky bastard.



@Pangea

More Tequila Less Joe is the best.



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