Though TITR’s existence was short lived, in a mere 3 years they won over the hearts of everyone in the hardcore/punk community. This disc assembles all their releases into one convenient location – their LP on Revelation, split 7”s with The Promise Ring and Samuel and the 3 song EP that started it all. Additionally, two news songs that were penned in 1997 but not recorded until 2012 are included. Showing a more melodic sense to their hardcore roots with distinct singing and an extremely kinetic rhythm section, hearing these songs, some of which are nearly 20 years old, is like reuniting with an old friend. Things just seem comfortable, effortless and the memories that tie you together are as strong as ever.
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Count Your Lucky Stars, 2012
Flag bearers for the ’90s emo/twinkly post-hardcore scene in Michigan, it’s been a decade since Kid Brother Collective’s final LP – so an ideal time for a vinyl reissue (and an accompanying reunion tour). Especially when the record is as infectious and vital as Highway Miles, its barely-diminished vibrancy a testament to the strength of the songwriting. Suffice to say, if you’re partial to the likes of Jimmy Eat World or Small Brown Bike and missed this the first time around, it’s an essential listen.
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Tiny Engines, 2012
From hard hitting rock to lulls of quiet twinkling, straight back to charged indie-punk anthems, Chicago’s Dikembe deliver on the buzz surrounding their debut EP last year. Steven Gray’s vocals switch between shouts and singing, his gritty delivery fitting perfectly the highly skilled guitar playing and full throttle melodies. The calmer moments bring to mind mid ’90s emotive post-hardcore, while the youthful energy is certainly very modern. Could be album of the year.
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Razor& Tie/Artery, 2012
If you remember Finch, this follows a similar path with melodic and dynamic post-hardcore complemented by metallic moments. Close To Home briefly retreat to quieter moments with pianos, before jumping back into catchy choruses, furious guitar work and rapid fire drumming throughout most of Momentum. For the metalcore fans with a penchant for pop tunefulness, or those with an ear for harmony who enjoy some abrasiveness, this is one of the best outfits playing this sound.
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Six songs from Rites of Spring’s classic LP that were recorded before the band even played a show (they only played a handful in their short life), here we get early versions of some of the best emotive post-hardcore ever conceived. The sound is excellent, far from the muddy, muffled demos that plagued the ’80s, and of course the songwriting is top notch. Subtle differences from the LP versions exist here, though the impact of these classics is as evident as ever. When it comes to unearthing lost/rare recordings, it doesn’t get more essential than this.
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Now a band for a decade, Senses Fail have far surpassed the shelf life for a post-hardcore band and in that time have penned some classics of the genre. Here 16 tracks of their prior work are collected, ranging from punk-spirited buzzing melody to metallic/hardcore thundering. With a thick booklet of photos and explanations of each song as well as a bonus EP (limited to 10,000) with some of their best work to date, this is how a ‘Best Of’ disc should be.
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