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Ampere: All Our Tomorrows End TodayAll Our Tomorrows End Today (2004)
Ebullition

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In days where ex-member hype reigns supreme over the music world, a band featuring the bass player from much-talked-about screamo band Orchid is bound to get some attention. Yet, however cliché it is to say, this band can certainly make it on its own without all the hype of their past experience. .
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In days where ex-member hype reigns supreme over the music world, a band featuring the bass player from much-talked-about screamo band Orchid is bound to get some attention. Yet, however cliché it is to say, this band can certainly make it on its own without all the hype of their past experience.

All Our Tomorrows End Today is a short burst of chaotic hardcore. It's a 10", which gives little room for time in itself, but it also plays at 45 RPM, making it almost the same as a regular 7". The whole record clocks in at just barely over eleven minutes and there are eleven songs, some as short as 20-30 seconds and ranging up to two minutes. Ampere is certainly a band that cuts the proverbial fat on their songs...there's not a single note on this record that isn't absolutely essential to the song and Ampere gets their point across with incredible focus and tightness while still maintaining an uneasy, chaotic feel to their music.

The drumming is extremely impressive on this record, tight and diverse and constantly changing. It seems like every measure holds a new rhythm and this transience is paralleled and almost held in check by intricate, discordant, and yet darkly melodic guitar work. Many of these short, bursting songs even somehow find time to break for melodic interludes, pretty parts, or buildups and it makes you wonder how the hell this band has absolutely no songs over the two-minute mark and why in God's name any other band should. One of the record's greatest moments, in fact, is a wonderfully dark, slow intro to the B-side titled "The Old World Is Behind Us."

One of my favorite things about the record is that it plays out almost like a live set by the band, and you sometimes can't even tell what song is what because there is little to no space in between songs and the only dead parts are marked by light feedback; it's as if they just went in and recorded the whole thing in one session (or maybe two because there is separation between side A and B of course) and it only adds to the incredible intensity of this band's music which pulsates from every fucking note. It's no surprise how intense and chaotic this band is with a resumé that includes members of Orchid and Montcalm, and the similarities are there, but they don't dominate the music by any means. The influence of their past is only enough so that if someone told you "this band has members of Orchid and Montcalm" you'd go "ahhh yeah that makes sense..."

It also starts to make sense when you read the lyrics...very youthful and exhuberant, with a social tinge. Lines like "Young hearts don't always beat to standard verse and chorus" and "We knew that there was no future, and that was our greatest freedom" are profound enough to be honest, but not so profound as to be pretentious. Ampere runs with the lyrical spirit of Reversal Of Man, grabbing youth by the balls and demanding revolution. Their love for D.I.Y. punk ethics is enormous; in fact, the back of their lyric insert reads the following, and i'm going to close the review with this because it's a powerful message and one that I believe in strongly:

For us, being involved in punk/d.i.y. is not the means to an end, it is both the means and the end. It transcends music and extends to all areas of life. It is creating, sustaining and contributing to an alternative community that we believe in. This collaborative effort is truly remarkable to be a part of and its very existence is inspiring to all of us.

 

 
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Anonymous (April 24, 2006)

this features WIll K., the guitarist of orchid, not the bassist.

Anonymous (August 6, 2005)

my favorite stuff is the split with the wolves, but this record establishes the complete sound of this chaotic quartet. songs flow well into one another...and yeah, these guys are definately on point with the DIY ethic. no fashionista fakery here, these kids keep it real.

Anonymous (June 12, 2005)

This is too available on CD! Except the CD is 3 inches instead of the standard 5.

Anonymous (December 27, 2004)

This band seems to get it - records should last about as long as a beer.

-ken

Anonymous (December 27, 2004)

Holy hell, someone else on this site actually understands the concept of DIY! Props to Ebullition for amongst other things, being one of my favorite mailorder distros (even though they sold out of the Fuck on the Beach / Yacopsae split), and for the reviewer.

Maybe I'll review that Nine Shocks Terror Record now...

Anonymous (December 27, 2004)

im glad to see people still care about the true spirit of punk

Anchors (December 26, 2004)

Man, I don't have a record player.

I have some of this stuff on mp3, but I'd like to actually buy an album. But 7"s and 10"s are of no use to me.

Anonymous (December 26, 2004)

Brilliant release. Screamo as it should be.
Nothing too original, but you'll catch yourself screaming along and jumping through your room by the second listen.
And no, this wasn't released on CD, so better contact your favourite mailorder and get this fuckin 10".

Anonymous (December 25, 2004)

i saw them on tour earlier this year! awesome show! awesome people!

hobbitcore (December 25, 2004)

yeah they're from amherst i believe and they're all super duper nice guys...i booked a show for them down here and they were so awesome and nice.

sk8punx4evr (December 24, 2004)

is this the same ampere from lower massachussetts? with the singer who, after finishing a set, nervously leaves the room and apologizes if he bumps into you?

kenjamin (December 24, 2004)

This didn't come out on cd buddy... anyways, this is really awesome and intense. I think their set is only like 10 minutes as well so yea, this is like listening to a live set. The recording quality is fantastic as well

SilentStorms (December 24, 2004)

Oooooo. Mp3s are good. I got the split with the Wolves in the mail so it looks like I gotta get this now too. Shiat.

SilentStorms (December 24, 2004)

Good review. I gotta check this out cuz Orchid was fucking sick.

Anchors (December 24, 2004)

Son of a bitch.

I was just thinking yesterday about what to review, and this was at the top of the list.

This cd's incredible.

Anonymous (December 24, 2004)

he updates every tuesday and firday about th is time.

-12e

killyouridols (December 24, 2004)

this records rocks big time.
and i actually saw this being updated.
this had never happened to me.actually, i got to see the list growing through every refresh!!

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