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Miles Away

Miles Away: ConsequencesConsequences (2006)
Bridge Nine Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


Contributed by: elliottfrelliottfr
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So I took a jazz history class…bear with me here. As I was saying, I took a jazz history class about a semester ago, and part of the class requirement was writing a review of a jazz release from a musician's standpoint every week. Now, I've been in bands for almost as long as I haven't been, but I'm.
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So I took a jazz history class…bear with me here. As I was saying, I took a jazz history class about a semester ago, and part of the class requirement was writing a review of a jazz release from a musician's standpoint every week. Now, I've been in bands for almost as long as I haven't been, but I'm not a musical virtuoso and I know next to nothing about jazz. So every week I would take the same four or five musical phrases and combine them with adjectives like good, great, excellent, terrible, etc.

This is kind of how I'm starting to feel about the last batch of Bridge Nine releases. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, because I will admit I enjoy the whole youth crew revival thing they seem to be going for. Yet, it seems like when reviewing this stuff you could plug in the words 'breakdown,' 'sing-along,' 'old-school' / 'mid-`90s,' or 'gang vocals' at random intervals and have a pretty accurate review.

That being said, let me start by emphasizing the positive of the Miles Away release, Consequences. The guitar hooks are where it's at. There's a lot of really crunchy stuff, and an even amount of building lead parts which gets the blood pumping in a quick fashion. Listen to the song "Yours Sincerely" and see if you aren't bouncing around, looking for a crowd of people to pile on top of. The drumming isn't anything out of the ordinary and that's a damn good thing for a band like Miles Away. Josh Stuken really knows how to drum to the song, and doesn't fall into the unnecessary over-use of double kick, which is something a lot of modern hardcore bands can't say.

The vocals are about as mediocre as you can get, however. Horsnell's shout is not bad; it's just downright not memorable. I usually love the bands that rely entirely on the heartfelt shout over the mixed screams and what not. However, in the case of Miles Away the vocals just don't do anything for me.

The forgettable vocals get kind of punishing when combined with a really strange mix. Remember when I said the guitar hooks were great? Well, it's too bad you can barely hear them at certain points on the album. The mix also makes the gang vocals occasionally sound like they are coming from some place underground.

I enjoyed this release enough to keep my copy, and I still spin it from time to time, but I really hope these guys get a little bit better production quality on their next release. If they do that and mix up the vocal styling a little bit, Miles Away will be a force to be reckoned with.

 


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Ianw (December 24, 2006)

Cant talk about youth crew without on kid calling another kid a fag.

nocontrol (December 24, 2006)

miles*

nocontrol (December 24, 2006)

Mules away, good goldfinger song

punx_in_oz (December 23, 2006)

no-lolz you fag, did i say that they were "more hadcore" or some shit tag like that? No. i just happen to think that live, they put on a better show. i know that prom queen and parkway are more metel than hc, but their the 2 biggest bands in the huge supposed "hardcore" genre in australia. i know their more metal than hardcore, but 15 year olds just coming into the scene and having bands like prom queen and parkway marketed to them as hc, dont know that. and they still put on a better live show than both of them anyway

onegirlarmy (December 22, 2006)

shouldnt this be kilometers away?? theyre from australia......

You know, that actually makes sense. However, Kilometers Away isn't as catchy as a name... they probably figured Miles Away would be more recognizable.

That said, this album is decent. Not amazing but alright.

SilentStorms (December 22, 2006)

Well no-lotz seems like a nice person. Bahahahaha, I know, it is kinda funny. Wait, no it's not. You're just a bastard. Sweeeeeeeet.

no-lolz (December 22, 2006)

punx_in_oz, you're a fucking dickhead. IKTPQ and Parkaway are the worst bands in Australia. And they are way more metal than hc. So you are talking about entire different genre here, asswipe.
You fuck, fuck off.

Anonymous (December 22, 2006)

its the same guy. he's done tons of bands art...his band fighting dogs rules if youre into crusty hardcore.

Anonymous (December 22, 2006)

The artwork could've been done by the same guy. I tried to find out, but I had no luck. I'm pretty sure Mike Bukowski did the Comeback Kid art though.

Anonymous (December 22, 2006)

Does all HC album art look the same now? This is practically the same cover as the first Comeback Kid album.
-feeeding5000

punx_in_oz (December 22, 2006)

Aussie hardcore at its best. Put on an awesome live show. My favourite aussie hardcore act. They kill parkway and prom queen.

Anonymous (December 22, 2006)

shouldnt this be kilometers away?? theyre from australia......

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