The Distance - If You Lived Here You'd Be Home Already (Cover Artwork)

The Distance

The Distance: If You Lived Here You'd Be Home AlreadyIf You Lived Here You'd Be Home Already (2005)
Think Fast! Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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I, as well as others I'm sure, are bound to question the release of an "odds and sods" collection of a band whose first full-length hasn't even seen the light of day. Sure, it was common for bands of their style in the early 80's, but that time it was also a feat to manage a full-length recording on.
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I, as well as others I'm sure, are bound to question the release of an "odds and sods" collection of a band whose first full-length hasn't even seen the light of day. Sure, it was common for bands of their style in the early 80's, but that time it was also a feat to manage a full-length recording on such a low budget. These days, not so much. In another words, it's a practice usually reserved for multiple punk/hardcore bands like so who've made their name legendary despite a handful of vinyl releases all missing the 12" mark, but, like its most recent companion in Sick Of It All's B-sides/rarities retrospective Outtakes For The Outcast, the Distance's If You Lived Here You'd Be Home Already is tightly uniform in its set of straightforward hardcore tracks (most plucked from a short wealth of splits and 7 inches alike with two new songs and a few live numbers to boot), and pretty enjoyable despite such a short garden of material to pluck from.

Complimentary claims the Distance have picked up where straight-edge torchbearers Carry On left off have run rampant throughout the band's early work, and as this is a showcasing of such, it's certainly warranted here. However, the Distance give themselves...erm, distance...by serving up one more usual tempo change than their comparative brothers in question, and generally falling more into emotional youth crew territory than unrelenting straightforward intensity, but with nary a gang chant employed on the newer material.

"Drowning In Details" is one of the compilation's two newly recorded offerings, and showcases a rare backup vocal appearance that gives the record a strong start. The band's cover of Dramarama's "Anything, Anything" is a definite standout. Taken from a limited 7" bearing the same name and released last Summer, vocalist Jay Reason sounds truly desperate to keep the relationship together screaming "marry me marry me marry me!" Most other genres this would be a complete whinefest, but instability and emotion seem to sincerely resonate on this particular track rather well. The sound quality alters drastically immediately following the track, with 'raw' being the general vibe of the rest of the record despite a halfway-accomplished remastering attempt to balance it; however, it comes at a pretty appropriate time with their cover of Minor Threat's "Filler" another sure highlight. It's actually pretty upbeat compared against the rest of the album, and Reason begging "it's in your head! It's in your head!" does undoubted justice to the original. The remaining studio offerings take another step down on the sound quality ladder, and are all taken from the band's 2003 vinyl release (originally a 2002 demo). Here's the band in their earliest form, and mosh parts are incorporated quite more often. Following this are a few live tracks recorded at New York's CBGBs. Despite Reason's repetitive, clichéd commands of "Yo CBs, let's do this! / Move up! / Destroy this place! / Use your outdoor voices indoors!" getting a bit stringy by the third song, you really can feel the aggression in the room, and at least they aren't just live versions of songs already previously heard on the record (rather, the studio versions can be found on the band's 2004's Your Closest Enemies EP).

So while I'd still really like to hear a proper LP from Connecticut's the Distance that would likely be packed to the brim with a sure 25 minutes of stripped down, barefaced hardcore manifestos, I won't mind taking in a pretty solid, 23-minute retrospective of what's leading up to it to hold me over in the meantime.

Drowning In Details
Phase Two Is About To Be Implemented
Anything, Anything


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stevejonestherealbones (September 26, 2005)

score for cake

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

- it really depends on if the cake is good or not or if its the band cake, so i will score it down the middle

inagreendase (September 21, 2005)

No, no I don't.

Anonymous (September 21, 2005)

I don't think you know what eponymous means.

Anonymous (September 20, 2005)

What happened to iheartadam. I miss him to no end...in the gay way.

allison_le_gnome (September 20, 2005)

Nice job misspelling "Connecticut."

If anything lures IheartAdam back, this would probably be it.

Anonymous (September 20, 2005)

the new distance shit rules

punkcorekid (September 20, 2005)

think fast! records is pretty solid. i haven't listened to much from the distance though.

Anonymous (September 20, 2005)

Guitar work is fantastic. The lyrics seem a little whiny to me though. Not bad though.


Anonymous (September 20, 2005)

i just steal music from the internet.. but i will buy this so jay can get more ice.

Anonymous (September 20, 2005)

I really gotta hand it to jay and everyone else in tha D...these dudes are my boys and this album fuckin shreds!!!

pastepunk (September 20, 2005)

I can't say enough good things about this release... ridiculously intense songs w/ melodies that tie the songs together... and the best "Filler" cover around as far as I'm concerned.

Anonymous (September 20, 2005)

this band provides shows with brazilian strippers

Anonymous (September 20, 2005)

dramarama cover > anything else they have ever done

Anonymous (September 20, 2005)

so good. holy crap, amazing.

Envy (September 20, 2005)

theres definitely alot of energy put into these songs. some of the lyrics seem from the heart, which is rare in music these days. this cd is in my "frequent play" collection..i dont leave home without it. jay's voice kicks my ass.

Anonymous (September 20, 2005)

This album is the best 23 minutes of hardcore that has come out in a while. The group as a whole have taken their writing ability up to the next level and has come out with something that is undoubtedly fascinating. There is no other words than can describe it. The combination of expierimental hardcore riffs, and Jay Reasons amazing vocals have really made an impact on CT hardcore. I definitly would have to agree with the article when it says "The Distance has picked up the torch where Carry On left off." The Distance is truely a gifted band, and I look forward to whatever else this band has to release in the future... This cd is in my cd player 24 hours aday, 7 days a week, Good job guys.

Anonymous (September 20, 2005)

This album kills

Anonymous (September 20, 2005)

This album kills

Anonymous (September 20, 2005)

good shit. theres alot of emotion poured into these lyrics. the cover is amazing. looking forward to seeing them live.

Anonymous (September 20, 2005)

the distance deserves every bit of hype, jocking, fame, and anything they ever get
one of the first bands i ever saw live and got me going to shows
this album and the band in general - backed 150%

Anonymous (September 20, 2005)

I had downloaded their ep and was far from impressed. A friend of mine got this and was playing it in the car, I couldn't believe how much of a better band they are now. I have had the first three tracks on constant rotation.

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