Vanishing Life, the musical child of Walter Schreifels (Gorilla Biscuits, Rival Schools, Quicksand), Autry Fulbright II (…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead), Jamie Miller (Bad Religion) and Zach Blair (Rise Against), are releasing their debut album Surveillance on 4th December via Dine Alone Records.
Surveillance opens with a grimy bass line in Realist, before launching into a track with influences from old school punk, but with a modern twist.
Outlier is a typical post-hardcore song; the roots of the song are a basic 4/4 beat with a repetitive riff, however the different layers bring in subtle intricacy. Outlier is followed by 17, an interlude track made of sound art rather than instruments, and a nice break from the first two heavier tracks.
It is clear that a lot of different styles are at play in creating Surveillance, and Vanishing Life have somehow managed to make them all work together rather than clash. The entire album is filled with post-hardcore energy.
Seven Pointed Star sounds like a heavier version of a typical U2 track, but with more punk undertones. Pretty Ruined also sounds this way, however it starts off a lot grimier, much like Realist.
At the halfway point of the album, the tracks start to sound like the same average post-hardcore song. However, the songs are enjoyable, and the listener can imagine a gig held by Vanishing Life would be an exciting, large, sweaty mosh pit.
The next obviously different track is Thinking Weightless. With a catchy chorus of “get on up”, Thinking Weightless would be a great choice for a single.
16, the penultimate track on Surveillance, makes the listener imagine how Outer Space would sound. It is a great lead into Big Other, which carries on with the otherworldly sound, particularly brought out by the guitars. It is another track which would make a fantastic single.
Surveillance is an album made by a group of undeniably fantastic and talented musicians who have managed to make a piece of art out of their individual styles melding together. Although a lot of the songs sound quite samey, there are some great tracks in the album which stand out above all the others. Since there were two interlude tracks in the album, a third may have been a good idea since the listener might start to get bored around the middle of the album, and it would just break things up nicely.