After staking their claim as one of the more infectious bands in the emo spectrum, the Promise Ring tackled new ground with their fifth album, Wood/Water. Gone are generic power-pop passages, replaced by lethargic tempos and a more eclectic array of sounds including vibraphones, strings and even a choir. The songs are still rooted in beds of evocative guitars and longing vocals, but now the music is as ambitious as it is heartfelt. Tracks range from the enervating, arpeggiated emptiness of "Stop Playing Guitar" to the strummy guitars and Flaming Lips-style orchestrations of "Suffer Never." For six years they showed plenty of promise; with Wood/Water the Promise Ring finally lived up to their potential.
By Andrew Parks on 06.11.14 in News
A few weeks ago, Brooklyn Vegan put up a post with the headline "Jade Tree is back," suggesting that their recent Dark Blue signing was an indication that the long dormant label would be relaunching on the back of the re...
By Jonah Bayer on 02.01.12 in Lists
Emo is a difficult genre to define - namely because so few bands openly cop to being an "emo band." Certainly not Cloud Nothings, whose latest album, Attack on Memory shares so much DNA with mid-'90s emo pioneers, it's a...
By Jonah Bayer on 02.01.11 in Reviews
Where Cap'n Jazz was a sonic experiment conducted by high school students, Nothing Feels Good saw Davey von Bohlen and Co. crafting a more pop-oriented album that retained the same obstinate personality of his previous a...
By Sasha Geffen on 06.23.14 in Features
Frontman Peter Silberman talks about the Brooklyn band's new album 'Familiars.'