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Run, Forever: The Devil, and Death, and MeThe Devil, and Death, and Me (2010)
Solidarity Recordings

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Looks like the Menzingers have got company. Fellow Pennsylvania punkers Run, Forever dropped The Devil, and Death, and Me late last year, and much like Chamberlain Waits, it drips with all the passion associated with the Clash/Billy Bragg playbook. Tunes like "A Sequence of Sad Events", "When It Won.
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Looks like the Menzingers have got company. Fellow Pennsylvania punkers Run, Forever dropped The Devil, and Death, and Me late last year, and much like Chamberlain Waits, it drips with all the passion associated with the Clash/Billy Bragg playbook. Tunes like "A Sequence of Sad Events", "When It Won't Leave" and "Graves" pulse with power and energy.

Frontman/guitarist Anthony Heubel has an Oberstian quality to his singing, and I mean in that in ways both complimentary and critical. His style is raw to the point of quavering. When he digs into a topic, his imagery hits hard. Opener "A Sequence of Sad Events", about the death of close friend Corey James Wolfram, to whom the album is dedicated, feels like a gut punch. At the same time, cavalcades of words spew out of Heubel without cadence. It works on "Sequence" because of the pain, but songs like "The Grand Illusion" suffer from a lack of grace. I know this is punk rock and all, but these feel like mad rants.

Still, at 34 minutes in length, Devil could hardly be called bloated. Run, Forever just add a few Saddle Creek touches to their punk, which means they might garner comparisons to Anti-Flag but are secretly like Cursive. Devil is full of youthful energy, but it's a concept album of sorts about growing up and the people who get left behind. It's folk punk obsessed with death, but it sounds very much alive.

 

 
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The Lawrence Arms - The Greatest Story Ever ToldJoyce Manor - Joyce ManorThe Sainte Catherines - Fire WorksAlkaline Trio - GoddamnitThe Lawrence Arms - Oh! Calcutta!Banner Pilot - CollapserRun, Forever - A Few Good Things [7-inch]Alkaline Trio - Alkaline TrioDead To Me - Moscow Penny AnteThe Menzingers - Chamberlain Waits

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kylewagoner (March 20, 2011)

The Bus Rides EP is basically just Anthony playing some acoustic songs he's written. I don't know if they've ever even pressed it...it's more of just a "Hey, I wrote these songs and you can download them for free if you'd like" kind of thing.

ridebikesnothorses (March 20, 2011)

Wondered if anyone could help me with this: I downloaded the bus rides ep and the music is completely different to the above reviewed album. Any ideas?

kylewagoner (March 19, 2011)

Might call this album of the year for 2010. 3 stars is so wrong. I LOVE THIS GODDAMN BAND!

Eran_zombis (March 18, 2011)

I see the anti-flag and bright eyes comparison. This doesn't have that cheesy menzingers screaming in it, thankfully, or the dance beats. I highly recommend this, even without being a fan of any of the other bands mentioned. Track 9 is just incredible.

ramblinboysof (March 18, 2011)

agreed! it's a real good album, i really like the energy but it's just as good when they tame it down. i'm looking forward to more from these guys.

Blackjaw_ (March 18, 2011)

Really good album. Bright Eyes meets Against Me!

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