Available from 6th October, 2003.
Sometimes things happen for a reason and so it is that after
horrendous delays, Forever Until October
have at last released their debut album - suitably in ‘October’ and it
seemed like ‘Forever’ coming. Produced by Joe Gibb, mixed/mastered by
Martin Barbour and backed by Copro Records, the melodic emo
band have packed all their problems away and should now have everything
ahead of them.
Ten intricately crafted songs based around a clean honest sound that combines the virtues of both Indie and melodic rock, spliced together with a sharp and vivacious approach. The distinctive vocals of Phil Darroch are a continual focal point as they very much dominate the style, and although there are often inspired moments of driving guitar in a jangle epilepsy, the emotive and expressive vocals steal the show. It’s a shame that occasionally this goes too far leaving the music merely as an unnoticed frame around a captivating picture.
This is definitely an album that requires quite a number of listens to appreciate, as on first listen it just washes over you with a scary blandness that it clearly doesn’t deserve. However, songs like “Krom”, “Everything's Wrong” and “Let The Dust Settle” are the first to shine and once that happens you begin to enjoy the detail, like noticing the Chris Cornell-isms on “Perfect” and just how schizophrenically feverish the song structure gets during “Pokerface”. It’s an album that earns your respect but first you have to give it the opportunity to do so. Maybe too many things in life today are instant, sometimes having a little patience results in something much more lasting…
- Rigsby (2nd