Posted by: will | March 19, 2008

Vinyl Corner – Life At These Speeds/Thank God


Life At These Speeds/Thank God “Split 7-Inch” (Exotic Fever/Tick Tock)

Unfortunately, instead of just being a sick split 7-inch between two exciting bands, this record will probably be looked at as the final recordings for Portland’s Life At These Speeds. Though, if there is a silver lining here it shows up quite well on Thank God’s side of the record. With every great band that dies, there are others poised to take their place. While more chaotic in nature than LATS, South Carolina’s Thank God are no less affecting. “Ahh The Magical 90’s” might just be the band’s masterpiece thus far. With squealing horns and a massive two-minute instrumental build the track teeters on the edge before the vocals come crashing in. “Lay Down Lula” shows the incredible balance between melody and chaos that Thank God are able to sustain. Thank God continue to prove they are a force to be reckoned with in the underground.

On to the finale. With their first recordings since 2006’s amazing To Your Health, Life At These Speeds continues with a brooding passion. “Younger Monkey” echoes the band’s noticeable DC influences even more but with a remarkable precision. The song weaves so sharply through melodic fields and sets the stage for “Older Eagle.” Woven into the fabric of “Older Eagle” is a spoken word piece that beautifully accentuates the band’s harsher tones. These two songs leave the listener craving more only to know that this is the end for the band. Sad indeed. But an admirable ending to an amazing band.

Genre: Punk/Screamo/Hardcore

RIYL: Shut up and buy a record player!

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