The emo-revival breathed new life into a genre that had been stagnating ever since it was usurped by whiney, be-fringed boys in the mid-noughties. Over the past three years, bands with sounds varying from melodic pop-punk, to noodley indie rock, have come together to take back and recreate a scene that is diverse, vibrant and exciting. One of the bands that has helped lead the charge, is Florida’s You Blew It!
Abendrot is the latest-and possibly finest-album of the eom-revival movement. You Blew It! have often straddled genres to create their signature sound; a policy which is continued on Abendrot.
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You Blew It! have shed the final vestiges of pop-punk that were present on Keep Doing What You’re Doing, and in their place is accomplished and mature indie rock; heavily influenced by the 90’s emo of their forbearers. Whether it’s the hooky, accessible jangly indie-rock of ‘Like Myself’, ‘Hue’ and ‘Basin and Range’; the more experimental alternative of ‘Autotheology’ and ‘Minorwye’, or the quieter acoustic rock of ‘Greenwood’ and ‘Arrowhead’ , the band are not afraid to alter their sound throughout the record.
Such a move by a lesser band, would lead to a myriad of themes, and an album that doesn’t flow. This cannot be said of Abendrot; You Blew It! effortlessly moving through each sound, with no song seeming contrived or out of place. The album flows incredibly smoothly, with each song nicely leading into the next.
That’s not to say that the album is without fault. Tanner Jones reverting to his ‘yelp’ from previous records on ‘Forecasting’ is slightly jarring and does nothing to add to the impact of the song or the album. Nevertheless, these are minor gripes in the main, and they do not spoil what is an exceptionally good album.
Some credit must be given the brilliant production of Into It. Over It’s Evan Weiss, whose production and contribution of guest vocals and keyboards, betray a genuine love of this band, and takes this record to another level. His contributions on ‘Basin and Range’ being a case in point. Weiss succeeds in taking what makes his own band brilliant, applying it to Abendrot, and not making it sound like a rehash of his own work. The result is an album which is totally unique.
While the album may not yet be genre-defining, it certainly is genre-defying, and therein lies its success. As long as You Blew It keep doing what they’re doing, then Abendrot will not be the pinnacle of their career. For now though, it may just be the emo album of the year.