Sunday, September 23, 2012
Artist Spotlight: Placeholder
Placeholder straddles a line between punk hardcore and grunge, with slight leanings in a pop/punk direction. "Mary" immediately pulls you into their aggressive and melancholic style, which should catch the attention of fans of Make Do and Mend, Seahaven (when they released Ghost) and the like. The guitars have a noticeably rough sound, with chord progressions that keep everything moving forward, and slightly strained vocals that switch between being clean and screaming. It’s clear to me that Placeholder has put everything they have into this EP. The passion they have for what they're doing really shows in these songs, and it'll never stop being comforting to hear a band put forth such an honest effort. They're especially talented in incorporating subtly upbeat melodies and vocals without making it sound forced. Both "Tired of Me" and "Calculation" do this with ease. The hooks are there along with vocal melodies that just call out for you to sing along with.
If ever there was band to keep your eye on, it's definitely Placeholder. It's a fairly late release, but it's one that I know I'm going to look back on fondly at the end of the year. And if they keep moving in the direction they're headed, who know what a future full length will entail.