Thursday, February 9, 2012


The Sun Will Rise and Lead Me Home

DevilDance [2012]

This six song EP from New Brunswick's Gates, takes me back to the late 90's when a new brand of indie became all the rage. It was a heartfelt time for emotional music with a huge sound, as well as a great time for the music community (VFW shows, zines, touring bands sprawled out with makeshift "campsites" on the floors of New Brunswick, NJ apartments, etc.). Then, almost overnight it all got really awful. The same way that Kurt Cobain and Nirvana awoke the sleeping beast of what was to become shitty groups like Creed and Nickleback (to name a few forerunners of the end of grunge as we knew it), this music became formulated and essentially ruined. Kids started to look and play the part of mall rat suicide boys and quickly scared true music lovers far far away. Well, imagine if a band was actually able to skip over the majority of this dogshit music that happened from 2001-2010 and somehow picked up where you always hoped the sound would head. Mix the driving ethereal sounds of Elliott with the indie guitar noodlings of American Football, add songs that rival those of Appleseed Cast, and finally get Chris Simpson from Mineral some singing lessons (sorry!), and you have Gates' new EP. It's all so good it makes me want to move back in with my parents and curl up in ball, pretending my girlfriend just left me for a martial artist.

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