WRITTEN BY: ALLEEN HUGHES
This generation has had several artists competing to be the top contender for the post hardcore genre. Many have come close but that reign may have just been taken over today with the debut album from Thousand Below. We’ve been waiting for a band like this since Saosin with Cove, well at least I have. “The Love You Let Too Close” is impeccably mastered allowing each instrument and member to have their shining moments throughout the eleven tracks. If you listen to it on the right set of speakers and system then you can pick out each component in every song and see just how talented these five musicians are.
Each song offers it's own captivating fundamentals but still manage to center around their post hardcore/rock stamp on the industry. The vocals are heavy and passionate with fluctuating ranges to make listeners feel the effects of the personalized lyrics coming from James DeBerg. Drums from Garrett Halvex in tracks such as “Follow Me Home” and “Sleepless” are griping and help deliver the in depth message to the tracks. The bass tones from Josh Billimoria come punching through, in the proper speakers of course, at the right times bringing extra life and magnitude to the music. The guitar pairings from Josh Thomas and Devin Chance are ones others try to master but can’t pull off. These two have put together their own creative tones and distinct sound that make each song more alluring for the next.
Thousand Below marketed themselves to labels with this album prepared and it worked in their favor with Rise Records. Ever since their first show as a band earlier in the year, they’ve been busy out on the road touring with some pretty big names on the bill including their current run with The Devil Wears Prada, Veil Of Maya and Silent Plant on 'The No Sun/No Moon' tour. “The Love You Let Too Close” is just the beginning for Thousand Below and if they keep up this momentum they will accomplish everything they want to achieve with their music. Their fan base is rapidly growing and this album is only going to spread their name like wild fire.