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Miles Away Rewind, Repeat...

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01. 100 Yen 02. Window Seat 03. Sailors Grave 04. Wake Up 05. Cranford Ave 06. Voices 07. Rising Sun 08. Excursion 09. Brainwashed 10. Outrage 11. Safe As Houses 12. Affidavit 13. (Rewind, Repeat...)
2007 6131 Records
Our score 7

by Rob Parker
1/30/2008

With the glut of questionable or horrible cover art adorning most punk/indie/metal releases these days, it's getting too easy to judge a book by its cover. So when I saw the mellow blue cover of Miles Away's "Rewind, Repeat," I hit play expecting a generic emo-tinged whinefest with the occasional two-step breakdown for the folks who dance to show how the world doesn't understand their pain. What I got instead was some surprisingly good hardcore. Thankfully, "Rewind, Repeat" manages to differentiate itself from the deluge of trend hopping, breakdown-obsessed hardcore bands currently drowning the market. The production is clear and lets the driving guitar work and workhorse drumming shine, which brings to mind some early Comeback Kid. Miles Away doesn't offer much variety in the vocal department as they shift back and forth between impassioned shouting and gang vocals throughout the course of the album. The song structures are unbelievably tight; a breath of fresh air from the clich├ęd song writing that has plagued the genre in recent years. That's right. Nary an emo whine nor chugga-chugga breakdown to be heard here. The band kicks things off on "100 Yen" with a beeping alarm clock before they hit their breakneck stride and deliver 24 minutes of unselfconscious, passionate hardcore. Sure, it can all sound very similar, and if this album were any longer, it would suffer greatly for it. Instead, Miles Away manage to pace things pretty well. The album is short, so it doesn't overstay its welcome, and the sequencing of the songs creates a sense of slowly building tension that's released on the last three tracks. Since most of the songs don't break the 1:30 mark, when the band does add thirty seconds to the track, it's time well spent. Miles Away loosens the song structures enough to incorporate a bit of guitar harmony and consequently more epic sounding tracks. "(Rewind, Repeat...)" is a (thankfully instrumental) acoustic outro that echoes the beeping alarm clock of the first track and serves to cap things off with a dose of atmosphere that feels completely natural after the release of "Safe as Houses" and "Affidavit." These days, it seems like most bands are so busy trying to experiment with a specific genre that they don't bother learning the basics of song writing or structure. Which is what makes "Rewind, Repeat" so refreshing. Miles Away have an obvious affection for hardcore, and it shows in the care they put into constructing the album. Bottom Line: Miles Away don't really bring anything new to the table with "Rewind, Repeat." But I don't have much of a problem with that. I'm curious to see what these guys are going to do next, though. Any band that puts this much thought and effort into writing their album has at least my respect, even if they aren't pulling anything new from their hats.

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GymAndJizzuice_ 1/30/2008 10:33:28 PM

first post


wieders_ 1/30/2008 10:57:52 PM

your review is shitty, it's fair to assume the band is as well


blackasstim_ 1/31/2008 12:07:57 AM

f*cking awesome band. didn't think i'd see a lambgoat review


anonymous 1/31/2008 12:19:01 AM

I'm going to stick my dick in Rob Parker


Fur_Beach_ 1/31/2008 1:44:03 AM

no listen to hardcore ever.


Brett__ 1/31/2008 9:40:07 AM

"even if they aren't pulling anything new from their ass hats." Sorry, had to be done.


me_ 1/31/2008 10:01:53 AM

two-step breakdown? f*cking idiotic phrase.


SunnyvaleTrash_ 1/31/2008 10:18:47 AM

sounds decent, maybe I'll check it out.


grrrrrl._ 1/31/2008 6:38:12 PM

easily fits into the list of top10 cds of 2007.


professor_Sex_ 1/31/2008 8:42:18 PM

no care at any time past or present. looks gayer than all get out.


pimpindaswampthang_ 2/1/2008 12:01:32 AM

is this a different miles away cuz i could've sworn they broke up, anywho they suck and the review sucks. lg has bad reviewers


THE FUCK_ 2/1/2008 12:18:02 AM

how the f*ck does lambgoat do its reviews?!?! This shit gets a 7 but the DEP album got a 6? WHAT THE f*ck IS WRONG WITH THE WORLD.


anonymous 2/1/2008 11:49:26 AM

lolz. DEP got a 6 because it deserved a 6, asshat.


anonymous 2/2/2008 9:43:09 PM

lol


anonymous 2/3/2008 1:56:38 AM

lol