Exclusive: Life On The Sideline EP announcement, music video premiere

Since releasing Honesty Is A Dying Breed two years ago, Life On The Sideline has remained active on the road and is now ready to unveil its upcoming EP, Never Settle. To kick things off, we're premiering the music video for the band's new single, "Echo", which tells the sad story of a young girl reminiscing times spent with her deceased partner. While not a pop punk song per se, it's as catchy as one with an infectious chorus that you'll inevitably get stuck in your head. The band's sound could be compared to that of Transit's and The Early November's. Fans can pre-order the EP on iTunes and CD here, before it's released on June 7th. […]

Monday, February 4, 2013

Review: Frameworks - "Small Victories" EP

Release InfoFrameworks - Small Victories EP
Release Date: February 12th, 2013
Record Label: 13th Floor Records
Pre-order: Vinyl

While Frameworks’ 2011 EP Every Day Is The Same was an out-of-nowhere success in melody, aggression and emotion, Small Victories is the release that cements the band’s sound and proves that they are fully capable of realizing their heaps of potential. At about half the run time of their previous outing, the 11-minute Small Victories makes up for its brevity in raw emotion, atmosphere and in-depth songwriting.

The sound you’ve come to know from the Gainesville, Florida five-piece has remained in tact albeit has grown to be much more concentrated. The highs and lows, beautiful soundscapes and violent outbursts continue to define Frameworks’ sound on their latest release though now they’re less lengthy and more intense. The only slight deviation is in the vocals as they’ve become a little more difficult to understand this time around. Whether this is a positive or negative is up to personal opinion however I feel it adds an air of anonymity to the record. That, paired with how emotionally moving the music can be at times creates a wonderfully unique atmosphere.
That aside, every song on Small Victories is about the same length as Ceilings from their previous effort (a bit under three minutes). That being the case, every second of music matters a little bit more than it once had – and fortunately Frameworks has given their songs the attention to detail they absolutely need. This is apparent in the muffled beginning to Model Homes and the surprisingly complementary clapping in the background of Ida.

Additionally, the EP benefits infinitely from feeling cohesive in terms of song order. Ida is an appropriately energetic and explosive opening to the EP and each song thereafter flows effortlessly and naturally into the one following it. The real gem that Small Victories has to offer however is the climactic final track Old Chokes. For all the tension and emotion the previous three tracks build up Old Chokes acts as a chill-inducing release of it all. The repetition of the line “The soil is as far as I can go” is the EP’s high point and is the kind of touching moment that all music of this kind strives for. Also this track, unlike any of the others on Small Victories, features Polyenso’s (formerly known as Oceana) Alec Prorock on the trumpet, whose playing adds to the songs climactic atmosphere.
The few negatives to be found here stem from the length of the EP. These eleven minutes seems to come and go too quickly, so Small Victories may be a little too much of a tease for people looking to really get lost in the atmosphere Frameworks has created. As such, it’s almost disappointing that the tension of Ida doesn’t have more time to be fully explored.
While I don’t believe the eerily accurate title was 100% intentional, Frameworks’ Small Victories EP is just that – a few very short tracks with a whole lot to say. Every song has it’s own identity and holds up on it’s own just as well as it does in the context of the record as a whole. With only two EPs under their belt and hardly 30 minutes of content in total, Frameworks have already shown they are an intelligent, competent and visceral act capable of releasing one hell of a debut album. Until then, we have Small Victories to sink our teeth into.

1. Ida
2. Sewn
3. Model Homes
4. Old Chokes

Written by Marc Saggese