Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Deep Elm Review Of 2010: Goonies Never Say Die - No Words To Voice Our Hopes And Fears

Naming a band based on a very famous movie may not be the best move for giving an audience hope of originality, but luckily for Goonies Never Say Die, they should be able to shed that label within moments of hearing their latest album No Words To Voice Our Hopes And Fears. Another solid post-rock band on Deep Elm's roster, they are one of the heavier and more technical ones. The spoken word intro "Of What May Come" is one of the only uses of vocals of the album, and the eerie voice goes perfectly with the instrumental buildup going along around it. "Nothing Remains Forever Yet The Future Still Holds Hope" gives the feeling of the storm going on in the album artwork, with piano strikes leading the way. The song also highlights the amazing talent of drummer Danny Kerr, as he shows off his ability to drum insane rhythms at impossible speeds. Time signature changes are scattered throughout "This Low Point Can Only Be Followed By A High", one of the more ambient tracks on the record. Don't think for a second that means that the drums lack, because they are just as strong as always, while the keys are mixed in perfectly with the guitars to form a much brighter sound than most of the record. "I Love You But In The End I Will Destroy You" almost seems like it could be the music behind an epic love song, showing more melody than most post-rock songs. It almost seems like there is a (gasp) chorus at times. The band pulls off the unconventional post-rock jam perfectly, as it is definitely one of the highlights of the album. "Indifference Speaks Louder Than Anger" is a rocking closer with crunchy guitars that will leave a listener out of breath and amazed at the variety of tracks the band has placed on the record. Goonies Never Say Die has injected post-rock with the attributes of every other genre, creating a unique, powerful album. Deep Elm has another gem of a band on their hands, and nothing can stop Goonies Never Say Die from bursting to another stratosphere in the future. You can stream the album on the band's Deep Elm page here

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