Tom Brindley (guitar), Sam Barnard (guitar), Curtis Bryant (bass) and Matt Turner (drum) are Tear Me Apart. The four-piece band plays what can only be described as post-rock on ...And For A Moment, We Felt Free which is a three-song EP. Out of the major post-rock bands that have ubiquitous acclaim I would say Take Me Apart has the most in common with Explosions in the Sky. The bright, reverb-laced guitars and just the overall vibe had a similar vibe especially to their earlier albums.
The issue with a lot of post-rock bands is just how similar they sound. It’s a genre that has such a specific sound and feel that’s I can spot it out within a couple of minutes. The soaring crescendos, the haunting breakdown and the general structure is often predictable.
While I can’t say Tear Me Apart is deviating from the staple sounds you hear with the post-rock they definitely can deliver the goods. The band is tight and in the pocket. They also don’t waste that much time getting to the chewy nougat-y center of a song. The three songs on ...And For A Moment, We Felt Free were all around four minutes long.
Up first is “The Anatomy Of Sin.” The song opens with saw like distortion coming from the bass and a pleasant guitar pattern. Not to much later the juxtaposition between the swirling distortion and the reverb comes into play. The band hits the first major crescendo about two minutes in and only get higher and higher until the break,
“When Stars Explode” has a pretty wicked groove in general. It’s a solid song all around but the last minute or so is where the band really rock out hard. Last but not least is “Build in Silence” which is the cleanest and most nostalgic sounding of the three.
Tear Me Apart is a solid band. I don’t doubt that one bit. My only advice is to see what they can do to differentiate themselves from the crowd. I would like to see if they could think a little more outside of the box on their next effort. Overall, I still would say this is a very solid effort and think any fan of post-rock will enjoy this.
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