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Sunday, 23 August 2015

WE NEVER LEARNED TO LIVE

GenresPunk / Rock / Post-Rock / Post-Hardcore / Post-Metal / Emo / Alternative / Shoegaze
Related artists?.
CountryBrighton UNITED KINGDOM
Years Active2013-present
Song: "Shadows in Hibernation"
Album: "Silently I Threw Them Skywards"
Year: 2015
Label(s): Self Released / Through Love Records / Holy Roar Records / Mustache Records
This post's artist is from the August 2015 Mix. This is track #11.
You can download: the August Mix#8 right here or get the new September 2015 Mix#9 here.
For fans of: Moving MountainsFear Before, (old/good) Hopesfall, We Had A Deal, Aviator, Ira, Beloved, Suffocate For Fuck Sake, Thursday, Poison The Well, Endor, Body Thief, La Parade, RecoverCodeseven and Guiltmaker.

My buddy Paul who runs Through Love Records sent me this in hopes of a review. Just because I am friends with someone or they have a connection to me doesn't mean that it'll get reviewed. When it comes to this blog and my own personal taste for what goes here I'm kind of a dick. So, this has to be good. And that's what it is, good. Not great, but decent.

The dilemma I have lies in the fact that after listening to the band's discography I'd probably say that their self titled EP is my personal favourite as it's screamier and the singing on the new record is good but doesn't really grab me. That being said the clean stuff is improving so they could blow me away with the next record - who knows. Anyway, "Afloat" and "Kepler" are two fantastically massive tunes (both clock in at around 10 minutes each) that should be checked out for those who like it heavier, as it sounds a lot like Suffocate For Fuck Sake to me. These two songs are the reason I'm telling you to check out 'We Never Learned to Live' first and if you dig then head over and pick up a copy of the new LP 'Silently I Threw Them Skyward' because chances are you'll like that too. Also, if you enjoy your music a little softer than me, this might have you hooked from the get-go.

'Silently I Threw Them Skyward' is a collection of 8 relatively long songs that are haunting yet beautiful. They've progressed beyond the screaming for the most part and instead focus primarily on singing and a hard yell, but do incorporate the occasional scream which bring We Had A Deal to mind. The music is definitely post-hardcore with a lot of slower, ambient bits and crushing storms that blow in here and there. The vocals are definitely emo sounding but comparisons are difficult for me here. There's a little Poison The Well singing at times, and other times it's not even close. 38 seconds into "Shadows in Hibernation" he sounds like Chris Conley from Saves The Day or Lifetime. Speaking of "Shadows in Hibernation" wowza, that's a killer track. Along with "Vesalius", "Fragmented Footnotes on Self Diagnosis" and "Now You Will Sleep, Yorko" really carry this record on a wave of subdued anger and catchy melodic vocals. The closer "Tasting Paralysis" is the only track over 8 minutes (that's short compared to the EP) and ties together the parts into a nice, cohesive whole. Unfortunatley this song is an example of WE NEVER LEARNED TO LIVE seeming to lull, but when they catch my attention I'm usually pretty engaged. The softer stuff that tends to lose me at points are well documented in "Space Burial" and "Tasting Paralysis".

If you like spacey, melodic and mildly cathartic post-hardcore check this band pronto, you won't be disappointed.

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DISCOGRAPHY

2013 - We Never Learned To Live cd/cassette/12"EP (stream/donate/download here)

2014 - Human Future split 7"EP (stream/buy here)

2015 - Silently I Threw Them Skyward cd/12"LP (stream/buy here)

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(2015) WE NEVER LEARNED TO LIVE - "Shadows in Hibernation" (from 'We Never Learned To Live')

(2015) WE NEVER LEARNED TO LIVE - "Vesalius" (from 'We Never Learned To Live')

(2015) WE NEVER LEARNED TO LIVE - "Fragmented Footnotes on Self Diagnosis" (from 'We Never Learned To Live')

(2014) WE NEVER LEARNED TO LIVE - "Marionettes" (from 'Human Future' split) official music video

(2013) WE NEVER LEARNED TO LIVE - "Afloat" (from 'We Never Learned To Live')

(2013) WE NEVER LEARNED TO LIVE - "Kepler" (from 'We Never Learned To Live')

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