Last year these guys released “Hiatus” which was an absolutely brilliant album so to see them back with another EP so soon is a real treat. FSBTB have a very unique third wave post-rock sound with a hint of math-rock influences.
In the first track “Mold of the Earth” we’re treated to the great high caliber guitar work we come to expect from the band. However after just a couple minutes, there’s something noticeably wrong here. Unlike “Hiatus” the band has decided to add vocals which was just an awful decision. The vocals are nowhere near the quality of the rest of the song. They’re annoying post-hardcore-ish vocals that sound as though they were recorded in a bathroom. As good as the first half of the song is the second half is equally worse. The next track, “Spacebats” contains some awesome mathy guitar segments but again are ruined by terrible vocals that are so upfront you can’t enjoy anything else going on with the song.
What a huge disappointment this EP turned out to be. 17 minutes of great music ruined because for whatever reason the band decided to muck up their great with sub-par vocals. I really hope that this is an experiment that spawned an EP because I will be extremely disappointed if this is the band’s new sound. If the band were to remove the vocal track and reuploaded it to bandcamp this EP would without question be in the upper 80’s range. The music is great, but it’s lost in the shadow of awful bathroom vocals. 7/7/12
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