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Last Ditch Remedy
The Falling
Cake Records

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."

-Susan Frances

Track Listing:
1. It's Come To This
2. The Following
3. Angel
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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