Friday, August 19, 2011

Album Review: Hither & Yon

Title:  Hither & Yon (Paper + Plastick Records, Amazon, SoundCloud)
Artist:  Reverse the Curse (Official, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace,

Reverse the Curse is a young band (just barely three years out of high school) hailing from Hiram, OH that plays post hardcore in the vein of Hot Water Music, Traindodge, Jawbox, and Seaweed. 

Hither & Yon, the band’s debut album, opens with “Bell, Book & Candle,” a song that starts with minimal guitar before opening up with the three-piece’s full power and then going back down for a moment as the vocals start.  The track does a great job of setting the stage for the record.  The songs are at moments catchy, at moments melodic, and at moments off kilter.  My favorite song on the record is “Serotonin,” an incredibly melodic number that reminds me of Seaweed’s best moments and is probably the most traditional rock song on the album. 

Reverse the Curse is a band that shows a great deal of promise.  Even though they are young, they have played together for a number of years (going back to the 6th grade) and are accomplished musicians.  Fans of post hardcore should definitely check out Hither & Yon.

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