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Nightmares for a Week

Nightmares for a Week: A Flood TomorrowA Flood Tomorrow (2009)
Music for End Times

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Nightmares for a Week just bring it on this debut EP. A Flood Tomorrow provides five pitch-perfect, heart-poured-out declarations that, while pretty familiar, resonate in dynamic and enthralling form. These are the type of tunes informed as much by alt-country as they are `90s emo and restrained .
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Nightmares for a Week just bring it on this debut EP. A Flood Tomorrow provides five pitch-perfect, heart-poured-out declarations that, while pretty familiar, resonate in dynamic and enthralling form.

These are the type of tunes informed as much by alt-country as they are `90s emo and restrained punk acts, striking territory that never leans too close to either. If you dig the honest, sentimental prairie tones and driven pacing of the Get Up Kids' On a Wire and Attack in Black's Marriage, you'll love A Flood Tomorrow. Vocalist/guitarist Bill Manley's grainy delivery even sounds like a hybrid of Matt Pryor and Jim Suptic while retaining an emotion clearly all his own.

The tension mounted in "Smoking in Bed" is wonderful, balancing the band's mature outlook with youthful yearning and confident poise. At about 2:40, those haunting chords of Jawbreaker's Dear You swoop in; bassist/vocalist Sean-Paul Pillsworth offers a dual vocal portion seconds later and the emotional climax begins to burst, with Manley adding a panicked, passionate tilt to his agitated lines ("Frustrated now, we won't take this lying down / Half-mast to the death of your life / looking through this barrel of a gun").

"Tour Song" provides an able halfway point for the EP. It's not actually a Jawbreaker cover, but rather a lighter, more acoustic-based interlude of sorts akin to AIB's "Footprints." It's a necessary upbeat break before the darker shades of "Under the Wait," an incredibly delicate and heartwrenching song but with a fullness and drive that consistently keeps it sounding sincere.

Producer John Naclerio (dude recorded Polar Bear Club's The Redder, The Better; 'nuff said) caps A Flood Tomorrow with an ideal recording. One of the best EPs of the year, no question.

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maverick (August 31, 2009)

Pretty sweet EP. I had no idea this band was ex-Anadivine (they were a big batch of ungood).

-Scott

TraumaSponge (August 30, 2009)

"But the name is MUCHO HORRIBLE!"

These guys really really like Jawbreaker, can you tell?

HeresLookinAtYou (August 30, 2009)

Checked this out based on this review and just bought a copy of the EP. This is really good.

MikeMoak (August 30, 2009)

good dudes, good band.

meepy (August 29, 2009)

love these guys!

deadxlast (August 29, 2009)

Good review. I will check this out. Named pulled from Jawbreaker lyrics and members of Anadivine? Sign me up.

R3vengeTherapy (August 28, 2009)

Never expected this band to do anything for me when I saw that "members of Anadivine" attached to it (my god that band was bullshit), but when I saw descriptors such as Jawbreaker and Lucero, I had to at least give it a chance. Glad I did.

I agree with this review whole-heartily. Looking forward to an LP.

yousurewearpantsalot (August 28, 2009)

sounds like rufio, only suckier if thats possible...

Rudy87 (August 28, 2009)

haha its weird to see their review on here. I dunno why. good friends, good musicians, killer fucking band, amazing EP. do it up, cause theyre good to go

blanktapesemptybottles (August 28, 2009)

reminds me of Dirty Tactics, still great shit guys.

xshoutoutx (August 28, 2009)

This sounds awesome! But the name is MUCHO HORRIBLE!

HeresLookinAtYou (August 28, 2009)

Naclerio is one of the most underrated producers. Score is for him.

Blackjaw_ (August 28, 2009)

They need to do more songs like the last one with more gang vocals, particularly that likely sexy throatier guy (have him sing more).

Blackjaw_ (August 28, 2009)

Definitely digging the streaming songs.

Nick_K (August 28, 2009)

I was actually the first person to ever interview them, about a week ago. Great guys, great band, great EP.
Go to kidswillhavetheirsay.blogspot.com if you want to check that interview out

elephantdwarf (August 28, 2009)

I love AIB's Marriage, but I hate TGUK's On a Wire. Can I still listen to this?!?!?

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