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Last of the Believers

Last of the Believers: Paper Ships Under a Burning BridgePaper Ships Under a Burning Bridge (2007)
self-released

Reviewer Rating: 4
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Last of the Believers consist of Chris Chasse of Reach the Sky and Rise Against fame, Brett Rasmussen of Ignite fame, drummer Phillip Lee, and Nik Pitcitello and Steve Jennings formerly of Spark of Life (a short-lived hardcore act on Good Riddence and Only Crime's Russ Rankin's label, Lorelei Record.
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Last of the Believers consist of Chris Chasse of Reach the Sky and Rise Against fame, Brett Rasmussen of Ignite fame, drummer Phillip Lee, and Nik Pitcitello and Steve Jennings formerly of Spark of Life (a short-lived hardcore act on Good Riddence and Only Crime's Russ Rankin's label, Lorelei Records).

That being said, just simply being able to attach the ex-Rise Against, ex-Ignite tag to their name gives them a pretty easy start. While it would be easy for these dudes to play tunes right from the Rise Against book, you'll be glad to know that they don't totally do that. Rise Against is very evident in their sound, but they end up sounding more like an optimistic Crime in Stereo.

These guys play exactly the kind of punk that Nitro Records chewed up and spat out about a year ago. This EP reminds me a lot of No Trigger, Much the Same, and of course, Crime in Stereo. Just five tracks total, Paper Ships Under a Burning Bridge is short and sweet. Starting off with the perfectly melodic hardcore of "Throwing Matches" (easily the highlight of the entire EP), the Believers transition into "Dissent" and "Workhorses," both hardcore tracks very reminiscent of Crime in Stereo. Changing the pace a little, "You Get What You Get" is stylistically more like the opener, "Throwing Matches." The album closes out with "Fists Up!," a very Bridge Nine-dude-hardcore style track. Scattered throughout the EP are guest spots by Throwdown singer Dave Peters, which surprisingly work very well.

Overall, Paper Ships is an amazing debut EP from this kinda/sorta supergroup. This band has endless potential, and I can't wait to see what they do with a full-length. Worth a go if you love melodic hardcore.

 

 
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westfield_east (May 21, 2009)

Man, I thought this EP was terrible.

thomas7155 (September 5, 2007)

I have "Dissent" "Throwing Matches" and "Fists Up!". this is some awesome melodic hardcore!!!

Anonymous (August 5, 2007)

Sweeeeeeet..

jimmyjjackamoose (August 5, 2007)

pretty good. i'm huge fan of melodic hardcore, so i'm biased, but this stuff isn't that bad. "Dissent" is my favorite.

Anonymous (August 4, 2007)

More songs please.

Anonymous (August 4, 2007)

I think this a great EP and cant wait to see what comes out of the LOTB stables next

martin*
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Anonymous (August 4, 2007)

word below. i almost threw up when i saw that.

Anonymous (August 3, 2007)

Wow.. great cd.. Gives me a little bit of faith in music again.. After seeing Rise Against's latest video, this makes me feel a lot better.

Anonymous (August 3, 2007)

"Sounds like any other band".. Pretty wide spectrum there.. Maybe sounds like some bands... def not every one in the world though..Moron.

Anonymous (August 3, 2007)

heard it all before-sounds like any other band

coldwaffles (August 3, 2007)

I'm sorry, I guess they have to give this a bad score just because they've been giving too many high scoring reviews. It could never be that they usually review the stuff they like. Who the fuck wants to review something that blows?

Right, because I didn't tear into Paramore.

Anonymous (August 3, 2007)

Good. Very good.

Anonymous (August 3, 2007)

I'm sorry, I guess they have to give this a bad score just because they've been giving too many high scoring reviews. It could never be that they usually review the stuff they like. Who the fuck wants to review something that blows?

On that note, this EP is great. I'm looking forward to seeing what they do in the future.

rekindled77 (August 3, 2007)

So good.. Can't wait for a tour/full length..

Anonymous (August 3, 2007)

Throwing Matches is amazing

Anonymous (August 3, 2007)

Just got in the mail yesterday.. only $8 on their myspace including shipping.. solid fuckin CD..

Anonymous (August 3, 2007)

Great shit..

ChokingVictim (August 3, 2007)

this stuff is killer.

Anonymous (August 3, 2007)

its not EX-ignite.. brett is still in ignite..

Anonymous (August 3, 2007)

hey glasspipe, last time i checked they had the whole thing streaming on their purevolume, try to check it out if you wanna know whether to get it. i personally love it

onegirlarmy (August 3, 2007)

I enjoy this quite a bit.

Anonymous (August 3, 2007)

Repetition in reviews are really starting to irk me. Maybe I'm the only one it bothers, but it happens frequently in almost every music review i read.

GlassPipeMurder (August 3, 2007)

whattya know, another 4 star score from punknews.

just kidding, good review. i couldn't decide if i wanted to get this or not but i think i will.

inagreendase (August 3, 2007)

Kind of a schizophrenic EP. The chorus of one of these songs makes Ignite sound like Cro-Mags, but then there's that "Bridge 9 dude" song you describe. And a bunch of standard melodic hardcore in between.

Not bad overall though.

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