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The Distance The Rise The Fall And Everything In Between


01. The Set Up 02. Inspired By You 03. Life At The Crossroads 04. Phase Two 05. Let It Rain 06. At Least I'm Good At Something 07. Just For A Couple Hours 08. Broken Promises 09. Before It's Gone 10. The Stage Between
2006 Abacus Recordings
Our score 5

9/7/2006

It's been said before and I will say it again: cover art is a key component to any and every record. How you choose to gussy up and present your music is as revealing and important as the music itself. The argument could be made that cover art has lost all relevancy with the advent of internet filesharing. Yet for the authentic music aficionado, the way your record is decorated matters. Thus it is with great wariness we delve into The Distance's first full-length, The Rise The Fall and Everything in Between. A quick glance may indicate this to be the new Avril Lavigne album, perhaps even Kelly Clarkson's new single. A young woman bathed in make-up of purple hues looks forlornly askew, perhaps at the coterie of reveling adolescents in the background. Could she be the object of the lyrics on the album, those limning the implosion of a romantic relationship Perhaps the author intends to wish ill will upon her in the guise of total ostracization from her friends. Or he uses poetic license to use the girl to embody his feelings of loss and alienation. Whatever the intention, an ugly cover does not help the blasé rock tunes lumbering on the disc beneath. The Distance tempers their previous constant hardcore assault with slower tempos and clearly sung vocals. Maybe White Trash Rob's more pop-minded experiments with Ramallah affected Distance chief Jay Reason. There's a similar penchant for fusing tough punk songs with strains of melody and more emo-tional moments (though don't expect any Beatles covers a la Kill a Celebrity). The Distance demonstrate their strengths on this release, mostly in the guitar work. It's effective throughout and recalls the spiraling-lead-happy playing of Tom Capone back in his hardcore days with Beyond and Bold. But don't expect any of those bands' fury to erupt in The Distance. Though many songs feature a Comeback Kid-like galloping beat, the prevalent leitmotif is mid-tempo rock. "Inspired By You" sounds like it was written for Fuse airplay, an almost Fat Records number with lyrics bemoaning lost love. They throw in production tricks towards the song's end, with the rousing chorus, "This song's never ending." "Let it Rain" encapsulates the musical and lyrical themes of the record. Reason questions the relationship, then he begins singing and screaming, "I'm over you..Just let it rain." The words become even more mawkish, "I'm feeling like myself again.. I've walked away." As with several songs, the singing is backed up with screaming refrains. It's far too predictable and typical of any band performing this brand of emo-tional rock. The Distance doesn't add much to the already saturated market. The one sheet highlights The Used singer dude Bert McCracken guest yowling on "At Least I'm Good At Something." The song is right up there (or down there depending on your preference) with Underoath and Hawthorne Heights, with the melodic music and the singing and the dude screaming and it sounds sterile and synthetic like these songs were written in an operating room. I'm sure the band has genuine emotions to convey. But in this environment it all comes across processed and pre-packaged. Bert wails away in the chorus like a cat with an M80 jammed down its throat. Next time leave this guy with his usual crew or back home with Kelly and her Osbournes. Despite my cynical carping, one cannot deny that some of the material contains a modicum of hooks. They are by no means the second coming of The Knack or The Beach Boys. But there are those faint glimmers of pop song sensibility. If they can outlast the current trends and excavate their inner creative beings for genuine daring, they might have something compelling to offer next time around. Bottom Line: The Distance has gone to great distances to shed their more raucous hardcore past. They haven't found an adequate replacement. But they do display some hope that their newfound desire to cram melody into their tunes will come to bear palatable fruit next time around.

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dgsd_ 9/7/2006 9:59:05 PM

FIRST POSTTTT bad


therighteousruler_ 9/7/2006 10:33:36 PM

this is a disappointment


anonymous 9/7/2006 10:40:05 PM

mr. boland likes his sentence fragments


punksucksgo_ 9/7/2006 11:03:18 PM

How you choose to gussy up and present your music is as revealing and important as the music itself. i dont even know the band but "as important as the music"???? wow.


xtroyx_ 9/7/2006 11:03:57 PM

what the f*ck did i just say? i suppose no one is listening. "question: why does lambgoat review this stuff? and why do labels send lambgoat records they know will get a bad review? this is a hardcore/metal site. the labels should be sending their pop records to pop sites. posted by xtroyx () on 9/7/2006 9:30:18 PM"


c-dog_ 9/7/2006 11:08:52 PM

this review is waaayyyy to polite. this album is trash, and is a terrible let down especially considering how strong there old material was. this review should of teared into the album much more.


daikini_ 9/8/2006 12:48:32 AM

more like casey MOLAND


anonymous 9/8/2006 2:25:17 AM

seriously, there are bands that i care about releasing cds right now. why even bother reviewing this band?


jerkface_ 9/8/2006 3:06:50 AM

I read the first paragraph of this review and stopped. This guy's a moron.


sumballo_botrues_ 9/8/2006 4:16:02 AM

A young woman bathed in make-up of purple hues looks forlornly askew, perhaps at the coterie of reveling adolescents in the background. Could she be the object of the lyrics on the album, those limning the implosion of a romantic relationship? Perhaps the author intends to wish ill will upon her in the guise of total ostracization from her friends. uh, what?! this guy has got to be an english major. no one else would write crap like this.


Joe The Distance_ 9/8/2006 4:48:05 AM

OOOH, you don't like our music! boo f*cking hoo. Cry me a river fanboy. We have more talent in our little finger than you do in your whole body. What band do you play for tough guy? huh? probably some bull shit in flames rifoff. gays.


Jimmy Christ_ 9/8/2006 8:50:47 AM

lolz @ gayg0rz ^^


john_doe_ 9/8/2006 9:35:23 AM

this band turned from promising hardcore/posi band, to boring melodic radio-screamo drivel. seriously. f*ck this band.


truthsayer_ 9/8/2006 10:56:02 AM

This record is junk.


anonymous 9/8/2006 4:32:45 PM

f*ck the distance


goobs_ 9/8/2006 4:55:33 PM

shitty shitty shitty. horrible music tryin to sell out and they cant even pull it off right.


zero_x_potential_ 9/8/2006 5:33:29 PM

5/10 is very generous, especially considering that this band was once worth listening to. The split with With Honor is great.


picturesofme_ 9/8/2006 6:01:53 PM

horrible awful garbage. thanks for making me hate music, guys.


anonymous 9/8/2006 8:17:08 PM

if the music is anything like the cliche cd cover i would rather listen to hornets stinging me in the ears


Tony "The King" Victory_ 9/8/2006 10:57:37 PM

Should of could of would of, the little engine that couldn't...get off Jasta's balls


you_in_hawk_country_now_ 9/9/2006 3:28:09 PM

this is flat-out awful writing webby. keep a tighter rein on these fancy-boys.


bigego_ 9/9/2006 3:45:53 PM

hey bitch, this isn't a rhetoric class. no need for all your nonsense


HELLspawn_ 9/9/2006 6:04:40 PM

I know I'm probably preaching to the choir... but this record is pretty terrible. Selling out and going into a completely mainstream direction while 'trying' to keep your hard edge is definitely questionable at best... but the music is f*cking terrible on top of it. The guy just can't sing and the songs are boring. I even liked their older material too.


HELLspawn_ 9/9/2006 6:05:55 PM

... ohhh, and that album cover is the worst pile of shit ever.


lifeXinXaXbox_ 9/10/2006 12:09:14 AM

yeah the cd sucks, but this review is worse. Try journalism 101 next time.


yeaman_ 9/10/2006 7:28:36 AM

the only reason people like this SHIT is to get cred in the ct scene! lame gays.


chris fulcher_ 9/13/2006 9:08:48 AM

"I really dig this stuff and will definitely be waiting to see what these guys can do with an LP worth of material. "Your Closest Enemies"" this was written by a reviewer named Josh L. i only have one thing to say. what the f*ck happened. how the f*ck can you go from B9 to this sappy bullshit. somebody tell these guys to stop hanging out with the likes of a worthless human being such as bert mcdicklick. please guys. redeem yourselfs. or hang yourselfs.... either one.


grudgecityhxc_ 9/13/2006 3:51:03 PM

i happen to love this record. possibly because i never heard them before, possibly because i never saw the cover art until after i heard it, or possibly because its actually a really good record. who knows...


james_ 9/15/2006 2:56:32 PM

this is such f*cking bullshit. their older stuff is f*cking great. this reviewer is shit thought..."comback kid-like galloping beat"? are you 16?