Boston, Massachusetts brethren The Receiving End Of Sirens
have kept post hardcore/experimental rock dirges burning bright with
their debut album on Triple Crown Records Between The Heart And
The Synapse, which was produced by Matt Squire (Thrice,
Panic! At The Disco, Logan Square). After increasing
their fan base into the six digit figures with constant touring for
the last two years, the band has crossed the Atlantic and will be
playing shows in the UK this Fall.
TREOS have managed to crossbreed their fan base with this album not
just by attracting audiences outside of the American market but also
by supplying an arsenal of hard rock levers with melodic sequences
and rich vocal choruses which resonate with fans of an array of music
genres. Their songs are ripe with intense chord movements, dynamic
changes, layers of interactive propulsions, and vocals that break
through the crest of the sonic onslaughts. The tracklist includes
a "Prologue" and an "Epilogue", which lead the
listener into the start of a story and draws a conclusion that pieces
everything together with themes of deception, naivety, and pulling
oneself out of the raging current of lies that drag one into their
At the start "Planning A Prison Break" - which was originally
featured in the MTV hit series Prison Break and is now shown
on commercial television on FOX-TV - flames up with bulky vocal harmonies
and electric tirades . The tension builds in the chord progression
and then implodes into shards of falling flakes of resonance. The
interplay of guitarists and vocalists Alex Bars and Nate
Paterson is intense, with the rhythm section of drummer Andrew
Cook and bass guitarist Brendan Brown rumbling passionately.
Keyboardist and vocalist Casey Crescenzo, who recently branched
off to form his own band The Deer Hunter, adds ribbons of sequences
that foam up the melody and give it a sheen of bubbling suds.
The voluminous guitar arches on "The Rival Cycle"
give the number a cinematic scope. The gusts and stomps are
precisely pinned as the vocals toggle through the spindled movements.
The pulverizing drumbeats on "The War Of All Against All"
are obsessive and rakish. The vocal registers are intensely
riveted along the explosion of base and guitar compounds. The
center of the album has an "Intermission" which delves
into melodic keyboard sequences that are angelic at first, but
then drift into more demonic tones on the outro as the number
segues into "This Armistice." The song is a mid-tempo
at the base with ragging flourishes circling around, building
up the volume and trembling motions.
"Broadcast Quality" is a pinnacle track on the album
with an anxious tempo of intense shakes, crisp incisions in
the roaring movements, and a cinematic cumulus of sequences
adjacent to a bounty of piano nodes. "Flee The Factory"
continues the rapid pace along shadows of throbbing vocals and
guitar scions with a dramatic piano interlude on the outro.
The track "Verona" leads into the "Epilogue"
beading a haunting piano intro that dives into an entrapping
mix of successive guitar bows and digging drumbeats. The lyrics
are a dialogue of introspection: "Conspiring to deliver
me to the authorities/ I have been betrayed so graciously/ My
bloodhounds are hooked on a trail of ink which lead me to the
words you scribbled down/ An obituary dedicated to me/ Your
fingers are star-crossed lovers that can't seem to get enough
of each other/ This pantomime dialect doesn't practice what
you preach/ I might as well be blind with isolated eyes like
The album includes guest vocals from Anthony Green of Circa
Survive on "Flee The Factory" and "Epilogue."
Also, PJ, Jani and Justin of Lux Courageous
and Archie, Ian, and Matt of Driving In Silence
on tracks "Planning A Prison Break," "This Armistice,"
and "Epilogue." Between The Heart And The Synapse
is a landmark folio in post hardcore's annals and continues to affect
a wide range of music fans at home and abroad.
2. Planning A Prison Break
3. The Rival Cycle
4. The Evidence
5. The War Of All Against All
6. Then I Defy You, Stars
8. This Armistice
9. Broadcast Quality
10. Flee The Factory
11. Dead Men Tell No Tales
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