By a Thread - The Last of the Daydreams (Cover Artwork)

By a Thread

The Last of the Daydreams (1999)

Landspeed / Revelation

when asked, "why should somebody listen to By A Thread?" one of the band members replied, "We are real, no attitudes or fakeness, we play cause we love to play not to make a pay cheque." To me this quote pretty much sums up by a thread's first full length, "the last of the daydreams".

The band opens up with what is, in my opinion, the best track on the cd (Surface). When first hearing it, one can't help but think to themselves, "it's powerful, intense, their singer's extremely talented". From there, the cd takes us through ten tracks, all of which have a quite personal, somber tone, yet they don't loose your attention like some other bands who try to create a similar atmosphere in an album. In a way the best thing about this cd is that it does elicit a certain emotion, (some of the songs are able to put a person into a melancholic trance, while others fill you with raging energy). Any cd that can do that is worth a listen.

Where by a thread lacks melody or technicality, they make up for it in honesty, emotion, and simplicity. It's the simplicity about this record that makes them stand out in a crowd of other bands. No flashy solo's or excessive antics. I can't really think of any band that sounds like them, but I would recommend it if you are a fan of Thursday and maybe, Jimmy Eat World. My only reservations with this album is that some of the songs sound similar, this make parts of the record seem monotonous, but that's common amongst plenty of young bands with their first albums

I think that this band is destined for big things. They definitely have the talent and the heart to attract a large following. This one is worth buying. I can't wait for what's next.