Sunday, September 18, 2005

and when I can't see, i wake up to your eyes

So I've been listening to Further Seems Forever and have been pleasantly suprised. I usually don't like emo, in fact i can't stand it. There is just something about someone wailing about breaking up with their 17 year old girlfriend using cliched allusions to death and dying (that's right Hawthorn Heights, I'm talking to you ya' piss poor production pansies), that just seems meldramatic and self indulgent. But Further Seems Forever has really sone something incredible on thier latest CD. They have taken what is definitively emo and twisted it to make it profound. In most emo you have songs describing a downward slide from happiness to suffering (usually a break up or something similar). But Further.. has turned that around and started at the suffering and moves towards happiness. They write songs that move towards hope rather than wallowing in despair. It's as if Further is on an escalator at the Emo mall with their contemporaries on the escalator next to them. They are both meeting at the same level of the emotional escalator but Further is ascending while the rest go wallow in the basement bargain bin of masochistic mediocrity. There is still room for sadness in their music since a lot of it is written to a third party and deals with the empathy we should have towards those who suffer while offering them hope. Not only that, their subject matter actually warrants the use of death and dying as a poetic device since they are dealing with issues of sin and struggling to find God in a difficult world. Throw in some excellent musicianship, vocals and a powerful delivery and you have an incredible album that gives me hope for the emo genre.
So cheer up emo kid, there is hope for you yet, but probably not for that rediculous haircut.
Dan, 3:54 AM

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Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:19 AM  
Amazing how spam infiltrates into the bowles of the internet. (not that your blog is a bowel, per say)
Anonymous dan, at 5:15 AM  
yeah, I've been meaning to get rid of those, but I'm lazy at them moment. How lazy do you have to be to not clean up your internet space. Wow, i'm sad.
Blogger Dan, at 8:44 AM  

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