The Fully Down - No Fate... But What We Make For Ourselves (Cover Artwork)

The Fully Down

The Fully Down: No Fate... But What We Make For OurselvesNo Fate... But What We Make For Ourselves (2004)
Pop Culture Records

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I'm not really sure what to call it- that stuff bands like Thrice play- is it post hardcore, melodic hardcore, emo-metal-core, or the often bashed label screamo? Whatever it is, they love their guitars. The Fully Down is a six piece from Ottawa, Canada, who love their guitars so much that they hav.
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I'm not really sure what to call it- that stuff bands like Thrice play- is it post hardcore, melodic hardcore, emo-metal-core, or the often bashed label screamo? Whatever it is, they love their guitars. The Fully Down is a six piece from Ottawa, Canada, who love their guitars so much that they have three of them. And while they do love their guitars, it sounds like they love their hooks just as much, like a pop-punk band trapped in a hardcore band's body. While Thrice has flirtations with melody quite often, this band is fully committed. There is not a single scream on this disc.

The Fully Down formed in 1999 but this is their first proper album. The band did not even play a show until 2003, which seems weird but I also respect, because it seems a lot of new local bands rush into shows and recording before they are tight or refined. But 4 years is a hella long time; at least they have an incredibly tight disc to show for it. Although it is tight, a drawback would be the short length, barely a full-length with only 7 proper tracks, one 30 second song I'd call more of an intro, and a few wasted minutes on the semi-secret ninth track. You'd think with so much time in the works their album would have been super long. Well, let's talk about what is here.

The lack of screaming is actually quite refreshing for this style. The music rocks hard, but then the vocals catch you with the hook and bring you back for another listen. The melodies and harmonies, as well as the singers voice, reminded me of No Use for a Name, so picture Thrice with Tony Sly singing. Some simple tunes are allowed room to be even poppier, like "Best of Me" which reminds me of New Found Glory and "December" which could a Simple Plan power ballad. Sure, you may not care for those bands (or maybe you do) but The Fully Down still add a technical flair to keep your attention. The band's three shredders can throw pinch-harmonics in mid-riff, like in the "The Roads Between Us", which sounds like Coheed without the Rush vocals. The best and most technical track would be the title track, an impressive but kind of disjointed song with constant stops and starts and some odd meters; it seems to be several short songs in one, but all impressive pieces nonetheless.

Of course the guitars are the highlight in music like this, but the rhythm section impressed me as well. The bass and bass drum sync-up here some great moments, like in the verses of "December" where the guitars are sparse the rhythm section keeps things driving and interesting. The only downside is that they don't do it enough. Another great section is in "Love it All" during the second part of the breakdown section, where the pounding rhythm is felt underneath while the guitars do their thing overtop. Actually, one of the guitars even joins the rhythm section, a luxury afforded by having three guitars.

Yes, it's another emo-metal-whatever-core band, but at least The Fully Down took the time to do it right, and take out the way overdone screaming and put in some hooks. If you are a fan of the (insert name here) genre, check out No Fateā?¦ , this band has got their act together and I bet they will be going places, especially with the marketability of this style these days.


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Anonymous (January 18, 2005)

these guys kick ass, awesome guitars, great vocals.

Anonymous (October 18, 2004)

Awsome music and awsome guys. I had the pleasure of seeing them play in Halifax and hanging out with them afterwards as well. One of the best shows I have been to in a very long time. However, I didn't get a chance to buy their CD myself, but I deffinatly will when they come back in the spring, and I suggest everyone does aswell.... Spread the Love!

Anonymous (October 2, 2004)

a "promoter/friend" wouldn't give a biased opinion would they? surely not. having said that, the songs on purevolume.com sound really good... my only criticism would be that the singer sounds EXACTLY like tony sly. which ain't that bad after all is it?

Icapped2pac (October 1, 2004)

"They were totally rocking the Warped Tour tents this year, body surfers included!"

Holy shit! They had "body surfers"?!?!?! Well then they MUST be good.

I only wish I could've been there to twist the ankles of and steal all the wallets from every crowd surfer there. Fucking asshole out-of-nowhere neck-breaking motherfuckers.

Anonymous (October 1, 2004)

score is for Ottawa and anything having to do with canada.

Anonymous (October 1, 2004)

"Who the fuck ever says "Los Angeles, USA"?.....

people outside your country don't really care about your crappy little states.

so i would say "los angeles, USA" and "ottawa, canada"

Anonymous (September 30, 2004)

Amazing guys. Amazing music. I get to see them tonight in London. I should have their music video done by the end of october. They're taking their time getting their warped tour footage to me.

Anonymous (September 29, 2004)

The Fully Down are amazing. As a local promoter/friend I can tell you that they have a full selection of new songs ready for their next album, which are EVEN better. "Best of Me" is really old. They shot a video for "Love It All" which should be on much music soon. "Never Enough" is SOO much fun live! They were totally rocking the Warped Tour tents this year, body surfers included! They are set to start an American tour in November/December. Good luck guys!

These guys are not only incredibly talented, they have such drive to succeed that there is no stopping them from achieving all of their dreams.

And what the fuck? "The Fully Down = The Full Blast" You're on crack.

greg0rb (September 29, 2004)

Sorry about the Canada thing, call me ignorant if you will, call me a stupid american, yeah yeah.

About the Thrice thing, I wouldnt say these guys have obnoxious solos, but they do have hair metal riffs but not in the amount Thrice does.

Icapped2pac (September 29, 2004)

"This guy's not into that whole brevity thing."

Nice one, El Dudarino.

So you keep referencing Thrice, but tell me, do they use the occasional hair-metal riff or have obnoxious guitar solos like Thrice? Because if not, I might actually want to check them out.

Anonymous (September 29, 2004)

Sweet.... I met these silly cannadians once in Virgina Beach.... they gave me free warped tour tickets.

Anonymous (September 29, 2004)

Thumbs up to my boys in Ottawa! kick ass cd!


Anonymous (September 29, 2004)

This guy's not into that whole brevity thing.

Anonymous (September 29, 2004)

Don't be so fucking pedantic.

Anonymous (September 28, 2004)

It's not "Ottawa, Canada", it's "Ottawa, Ontario, Canada".

Who the fuck ever says "Los Angeles, USA"?

maverick (September 28, 2004)

The Fullblast > The Fully Down.


slippy (September 28, 2004)

First, the whole ploy was pop punk bands that screamed a lot. Now it's pop punk bands who you think will scream but don't scream.

Anonymous (September 28, 2004)


but these guys are cool too.

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