Genres: Punk / Rock / Emotional Hardcore / Metal / Screamo
Related artists: Capacities, Black Kites, In First Person, The Assistant and You And I.
Country: New Jersey, USA
Years Active: 2004-2005
Song: "Still Wet Behind The Ears"
Album: "This Ship Will Sink"
For fans of: Rats Into Robots, Dillinger Escape Plan, Botch, Beneath The Ashes, Neil Perry, Caitlyn Bailey, Mares of Thrace, Dispensing of False Halos, In First Person, Forstella Ford, Black Kites, The Assistant, Capacities, (early) Cave In and You And I aka PROPER Screamo.
This post's artist is from the October 2013 Mix. This is track #18.
You can download the October 2013 Mix right here.
This post begins with a stupid story. I recently had gotten into Level Plane "screamo" back in 2003 and learned that The Assistant had recently disbanded and a member was in some band called THIS SHIP WILL SINK. The blurb read that the band took the heavy parts touched on in The Assistant and fleshed them out for a fuller, harder sound. Without hearing anything, I purchased the cd. Fast forward 2 weeks and my girlfriend-turned-wife and I had just purchased some alcohol at the LCBO (back when I drank) when we climbed back into the car and I popped in THIS SHIP WILL SINK's self-titled EP. I will never forget sitting in that car, mouth open, unable to drive until we hit track 4 because I was fucking floored. I mean, this shit blew me away. It opened up my soul, or some other horseshit - regardless, I was instantly obsessed.
If you are like me and wanted The Assistant minus the poppy, slow parts - THIS SHIP WILL SINK will give you a goddamned orgasm. I always thought that The Assistant's two heads conflicted at times - but THIS SHIP WILL SINK took The Assistant's strong suit and ran with it.
If you like your hardcore extremely fast, heavy and complex, then you need to download this discography. The band's few, quick releases rank as my favourite among Thomas Schlatter's long list of bands along with Capacities. Think Capacities but faster and much heavier, with a substantial nod towards metal over a punk sound. Somehow, THIS SHIP WILL SINK is able to weave some melody and dare I say it, softer parts (see the end of "Dear Matthew" and "You are Precisely My Cup of Tea") into their songs. Think of a more primitive and cathartic sounding Dillinger Escape Plan, mix it with some Black Kites and voila - you're headed in the right direction, sound-wise.
Seriously, if you dig Capacities or heavy, screamy hardcore and bands like Botch, Mares Of Thrace and Back When - giddy up.
Remember, OPENmind/SATURATEDbrain's entire Thomas Schlatter interview will be posted in January of 2014. Until then, here is an excerpt from it regarding his time with THIS SHIP WILL SINK:
"I didn’t really know Jason or Steve that well when we started. They played in some local bands and we had met through going to shows. They were both very talented, but I don’t know how much we had in common. It was my first time really getting to experiment with and hone in on playing a baritone guitar through three amps. I wanted to do something similar to The Assistant, though, with no poppy parts, much shorter songs, and tuned down to drop A. When we initially started writing it came very easily and we found it incredibly simple to put songs together. We played shows almost every weekend and practiced twice a week. Within a year we put out 4 releases. Our first tour was a full US tour with Kodan Armada for 30 days. It destroyed the band and that was the end."
Click )==>here<==( to download almost all of the band's complete discography in mp3 form.
2004 - This Ship Will Sink cd/12"EP
2004 - You Are Precisely My Cup of Tea cdEP
2004 - The Assistant and Takaru Split cd/12"EP
2005 - Is This Real Split 7"
(2004) THIS SHIP WILL SINK - "If You Believe that I've Got a Bridge to Sell You" (from 'This Ship Will Sink')
(2004) THIS SHIP WILL SINK - "Chrom-Magnus" (from 'You Are Precisely My Cup of Tea')
(2005) THIS SHIP WILL SINK - "Caged Bird Set Free" (from 'Is This Real' split)
THIS SHIP WILL SINK out-of-print discography mp3 download