When I first heard Lo’ There I Do See My Brother’s debut album “With Eyes Open, We Fall on Our Swords”, I was absolutely floored. 11 months later, they release a 7″ EP called “Of The Earth, Beneath The Sea” and it’s quite a big step in a different direction from post-rock to post-hardcore, and I must say that it suits them very well. Having grown up on bands like mewithoutYou, Saosin, Fall of Troy, and Chiodos (their new album looks immensely promising with Craig back, by the way), this is like jumping back in time. It brings a smile of nostalgia to my face.
And like the aforementioned bands, listening intently to the lyrics has its rewards. In the first song, the lyrics correspond to the music beautifully. Adam Wolbert sings “And hold me tight, until my legs stop kicking against your currents, so hold me tight.” and you can almost see him in a raging river, it’s perfectly riveting. On the b-side, or song 2, for those of you with a vinyl deficiency, you hear “And now the sun rises on me, would you look at the walls of this room and wonder to your self: are they keeping you together, or keeping you contained?” and later on “… wonder to myself: why do I let them keep me contained? Why do I let them keep me contained?” You can really tell that they put their hearts into this, and it really gets to you in a big way, if you let it.
If you won’t let it get to you, you can always get lost in their long musical passages, which are masterfully executed. There really is something for everyone here; heart-driven lyrics for the people who got into post-rock from post-hardcore backgrounds (like me) and long passages of musical intensity for people who approached post-rock from a Shoegaze background. No matter where you come from, I would highly recommend you check this EP out.
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