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Face Tomorrow

Face Tomorrow: For Who You AreFor Who You Are (2002)
Reflections Records

Reviewer Rating: 5


Contributed by: Sorcha
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Disappointed, disillusioned and heartbroken when At the Drive In broke up? Or maybe just a little pissed that you missed their one time only Irish gig? Well have no fear, because the next best thing in frenetic rock has arrived, in the shape of Dutch band Face Tomorrow. Sounding one hell of a lot li.

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Disappointed, disillusioned and heartbroken when At the Drive In broke up? Or maybe just a little pissed that you missed their one time only Irish gig? Well have no fear, because the next best thing in frenetic rock has arrived, in the shape of Dutch band Face Tomorrow. Sounding one hell of a lot like the now defunct band from El Paso, Face Tomorrow has the same raw energy, passion and giant Afros. Well, maybe not the hair, but their first full length album, "For Who You Are", does have the ragged guitar, loud to the point of shouting vocals and even the loud-hailer distortion effects that made ATDI stand out, what it has to make it stand out in its own right is a vocalist who can go from being ATDI's Cedric to Muse's Matt Bellamy and everything in between in one song.

'For me', the second of 12 tracks, demonstrates this nicely with verses in that stretchy vocal style of Muse's front man (without going completely supersonic) rolling into the strained emotive and loud Cedric-style chorus, all placed on top of a throbbing ATDI guitar. It's this combination of loud and delicate that creates Face Tomorrow's distinctive style. And it's a good style, songs like 'Wasting time' and 'Live the dream' stand out on the album as near perfect combinations of sheer rock side by side with impassioned and beautiful singing.

There's also a vague Emo influence in there somehow, with 'Past' and 'Saved' being two of the more Jimmy Eat World style songs. Still mixing in the strong Cedric chorus, the verses are sung in that clear Emo vocal style and contain lyrics about smiling and throwing the misery out. Expect 'I Love You' to be a my-girlfriend-left-me song and you'll be wrong though, it's just under 2 minutes of tuning come distortion come music. Face Tomorrow is definitely a rock band, and a hard working one at that. They played 85 live shows in 2001. Bearing in mind there are only 52 weeks in a year, these are obviously people who are not afraid to put the effort in. "For who you are" is an album that's gonna appeal to a lot of people, it's definitely worth a listen.

 

 
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thatswack (January 7, 2005)

Awesome CD. I am really getting interested in these Dutch bands, like Undeclinable (used to be Undeclinable Ambuscade)

Anonymous (May 26, 2004)

This album is tremendous, but check out their latest effort 'The Closer You Get', it's 100000 times better!

UnunitedSA (October 29, 2003)

Awesome band. I'm surprised you guys actually reviewed a European band! You should review some more, their are some awesome bands coming out of everywhere in Europe. I don't usually like this kinda music, but this band is incredible.

Anonymous (November 30, 2002)

Nope the slipcase cardboard is also available here through Lumberjack Distribution.

Great record too!

Anonymous (November 10, 2002)

i bought this CD in Amsterdam recently, and i was wondering if the cardboard slip-case over the actual plastic CD was something reserved for Dutch copies...?

i don't know about "don't have their own style". They seem to dip into a couple of different genres and styles. i thought some of it was distinctly punk-ish. the second track of actual music ("Worth The Wait") has a kind of Boy Sets Fire sound and is my favourite track. pity the rest isn't more similar...

Anonymous (November 10, 2002)

I also have this album and I've been to a lot of their shows. The production is pretty weak on this album. Too bad, 'cause they have the songs and their shows are always great. Though it's still a shame that they don't really have their own style, even though they do it well.

WussEmoRock (November 8, 2002)

what the hell does that warning mean about line 523???

*****Wuss-Emo-Rock*****

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