The post-hardcore 4-piece Last Ditch Remedy offers the
rock stomps of Hawthorne Heights with the lightning punk
rails of You In Series and the emo-esque showers of Junior
Varsity on their debut album The Following. As much
as LDR's debut outing incrusts ramparts of modern rock/hardcore
elements reflective Thrice, Armor For Sleep, Thursday,
and Mashlin, their sound is present day rock and adds textures
to the fast growing post-hardcore melange.
Lead vocalist/guitarist Paul Baldwin has a vocal pulse
similar to Anthony Green of Circa Survive and Saosin.
The guitar work of Baldwin and Josh Russell procure layers
of trembling motions through the drum fills by Brian Rowland
and loops of bass slides by Blaine Baird. The rush of pivoting
movements on tracks like "It's Come To This" and "The
Following" motivate fists to fly up in the air and function
as a stimulant to act on emotions. The instrument parts are emotive,
stomping and erupting through the sections and impassioning the
notes. The melodic presses on "Angel" have a Breaking
Benjamin discharge while the blazing guitars on "This
War" flare like Shine Down and the seething vocals
clinch like Jonathan Davis of Korn.
"A Love For Green Eyes" orchestrates melodic tension
through the progressions. Guitar parts are tensed while the vocals
sail smoothly over the transitions through the troughs and peaks.
The soft guitar turns on the intro to "Everybody Knows A
Fire" evolve into harrowing wails. The girth of LDR's instrument
parts are lengthy and the billowing expansions are extensive so
their lines seem endless similarly to Evanescence and My
Chemical Romance. The final track "Too Far Gone"
blends acoustic guitars with rock rhythms. It concludes the album
on a somber missive that yearns for what's been lost as Baldwin
chants, "We're too far gone/ Where did we go wrong/ Look
what you and I have become/ Just a mirage and a memory of what
we once were/ I want you here."
Last Ditch Remedy have the right parts to resonate with today's
world. Their album, produced by Evan Brubaker (Corners,
David LaMotte) and Troy Glessner (David LaMotte,
UnderOath, Emery, Anberlin), reflects the
present - those factions which are emotive and impassioned about
life. Hailing from Puyallup, Washington, Last Ditch Remedy have
a handle on why they write songs, as Baldwin tells on their record
label's site, it's "the opportunity we all have to create
the kind of world we want by example, and what we want most is
to share that something with other kids out there."
1. It's Come To This
2. The Following
4. This War
5. Aim It, Pull It, Run
6. A Love For Green Eyes
7. Recipe For A Rumor
8. Everybody Knows A Fire
9. Don't Let The World Bring You Down
10. Too Far Gone
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