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The Receiving End Of Sirens
Between The Heart And The Synapse
Triple Crown Records

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 riptide.

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 mine."

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.

-Susan Frances

Track Listing:
1. Prologue
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
7. Intermission
8. This Armistice
9. Broadcast Quality
10. Flee The Factory
11. Dead Men Tell No Tales
12. Verona
13. Epilogue

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