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Bridge and Tunnel

Bridge and Tunnel: Rebuilding YearRebuilding Year (2011)
No Idea Records

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With sophomore full-length Rebuilding Year, Bridge and Tunnel gives fans more everything. Now let me clarify; that doesn't mean "more of the same." I mean that everything that worked on debut East/West is magnified. The post-hardcore bits are more intricate. The thunderous parts are louder. And if y.
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With sophomore full-length Rebuilding Year, Bridge and Tunnel gives fans more everything. Now let me clarify; that doesn't mean "more of the same." I mean that everything that worked on debut East/West is magnified. The post-hardcore bits are more intricate. The thunderous parts are louder. And if you thought frontman Jeff Cunningham was pissed on East/West, wait til you hear his monstrous howl on tracks like "As Twelve Deer Run."

A confession: I was and remain a superfan of the post-hardcore group Nakatomi Plaza. So the presence of ex-NP bassist/vocalist Al Fair here kind of makes me giddy. It also, for those who loved Nakatomi Plaza's fiery, epic brand of post-hardcore, makes it a lot easier to draw connections. Anytime the vox get particularly harsh, the Plaza lives on.

That's not to take away from the original members' input, however. Rebuilding Year also aims for softer, atmospheric fare, which was hinted at on last year's Indoor Voices EP. The nearly six-minute opener "Synchronized Swimming" gently opens the record with lyrics about devotion -- "When the Atlantic Ocean freezes over I will walk across with you to the other side / If you try to walk before it freezes I will follow you in." Sure, it picks up around the two-minute mark, but there's still a dreamier quality to the music that was not there before.

Rebuilding Year oscillates nicely between these levels. East/West was perhaps more concise and consistent musically, but Rebuilding Year's range makes it a more compelling record. Cunningham's socio-political lyrics have dropped what little sarcasm they once held (r.e. "Oh how easily we're pacified by bullshit like TV shows on DVD") and settled for just calling 'em like he sees him. "Harder Pill to Swallow" calls shenanigans on the U.S. healthcare system. "Drill Instructor" and "Footnotes" decry the way society runs itself into the ground. "Gridlocked" is almost definitely about being stuck in the service industry. There are plenty of more personal/emotional tracks as well, as Cunningham and co. deal with getting older and drifting apart from loved ones. Then again, like the old saying goes, the personal is political.

 

 
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rodeochzbrgr (December 6, 2011)

Spoon-

Completely agree. The intensity is unreal. I think that I'm up to about 20 live B&T shows now. I'm just being greedy :)

trailerparkjesus (December 5, 2011)

II do not understand the hate for this band.. They put in a great live show and have a very intense and complex sound with smart lyrics and passion. Whats not to like unless you just aren't a fan of the genre?

telegraphrocks (December 4, 2011)

Thumbs down.

spoon_of_grimbo (December 3, 2011)

brilliant album, and "cooked books" has to be their best song to date!

and rodeochzbrgr, while i agree that their live sets are kinda short sometimes, have you SEEN how much energy they put in!? seriously, i beggars belief the intensity this band possess live. one of the best live bands i've ever seen, and they've backed that up all three times i've seen them.

Blackjaw_ (December 2, 2011)

Nowhere near as good as East/West, but it's Bridge and Tunnel.

thenightman (December 2, 2011)

this is real music.

rodeochzbrgr (December 2, 2011)

B&T can do no wrong.

What I truly love about this band is how every record has a different vibe and emotion. Without a doubt, some of the best song writing happening right now within the punk scene. Lyrical wise, the band is just as strong. My only complaint about Bridge and Tunnel is that their live set is always too short.

tobias19 (December 2, 2011)

much like everything they put out, this grew on me a ton after listening for a few weeks. Outgrowing Pains is one of my favorite songs they've ever put out, and Crooked Books is so good too.

EchosMyron (December 2, 2011)

This band is teh sux.

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