Few records aided in moulding a generation-defining aural identity as did Rival Schools’ United By Fate of 2001. Alongside Thursday’s Full Collapse and The Get Up Kids’ Something to Write Home About, it was more or less one third of the very genesis of emo and whatever your take on the now widely reviled genre, that ain’t to be sniffed at down many nostrils in the same way that United By Fate was, to my ears, one of the defining albums of my formative years. It was therefore pretty dispiriting that it took Walter Schreifels et al. ten years to follow it up with Pedals – in many respects a retrograde post-hardcore recording, seemingly released all but perfunctorily in 2011 – by which time much of the zealous fervour stoked by their début had been allowed to dissipate in some places, and die out altogether in others. And almost as tragic as the band’s passing into inconsequentiality was the quietude with which they made the transition from this extreme prominence to a relative anonymity. As were the demos they’d laboriously pieced together for a sophomore recording, they were lost though now it would appear that both artist and album have been relocated, the latter even renamed Found. And it’s from this which Reaching Out is lifted – a breakneck haul back into their perturbed world of staccato guitars, expansive choruses and general agitation. Genuinely? It’s as though they’ve never been away, such is the urgency innately located within and as Schreifels sings of “reaching out for some perspective” and of his mind having “been open way too long” it’s high time you reunited with Walter. “Who knows what thoughts might slip inside?” Only positive ones, quite unquestionably.
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- Dots & Dashes' Track of the Week comes from the (mercifully) returning @sharonvanetten. Stream Taking Chances: http://t.co/B09ON2VXEW about 23 hours ago from web
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- Harbouring an understated brilliance to belie the band name, indulge in @DeadCrowPirates' Without Her: http://t.co/5bMVRZtShX about 1 day ago from web