Dispose, the fourth studio album from The Plot In You is due for release tomorrow (16th February), and will be the first album to be released since the Ohions signed to Fearless Records.
There is a slow introduction into the album with first track Rigged, which is very minimalistic. Drum effects make up a large portion of the track, with guitar and other sound effects being used to round out the sound rather than detract from the overall simplicity of the track. It sounds very different to other metalcore material out there, which is a welcome and refreshing change for the genre. This slow theme is echoed again later in the album in I Always Wanted To Leave and The Sound. The stripped back simplicity of Rigged is echoed again in the first half of the final track, Disposable Fix.
Included in Dispose is latest single Not Just Breathing, which according to vocalist Landon Tewers, is about breaking off from a toxic relationship in your life. The subject matter spreads throughout the album, and is something a lot of fans will probably have experience with.
“Not Just Breathing is about cutting ties with someone who is dead weight in your life and dragging you down, always hoping for the best for that person but coming to terms with the fact that you need to move on with your life in a separate direction from them.”
Influences from other metalcore artists are at play within Dispose, for example One Last Time sounds similar to some material by The Amity Affliction, not only in the overall sound but also in the lyrical content. The title of the track is self explanatory, perfectly capturing that feeling of “one last time” with an ex partner.
Feel Nothing was the first single The Plot In You released via Fearless Records last summer. This track sounds more like mainstream metalcore singles from groups like While She Sleeps and Crown The Empire. Dispose was actually produced by the Drew Fulk, who has previously produced Crown The Empire.
Later in the album there is a shift in genre slightly, starting with The One You Loved. This track sounds more like old school alternative bands like Taking Back Sunday and Angels And Airwaves. The track is catchy and still retains the The Plot In You sound. The track explores things that go wrong near the end of relationships, asking ‘what happened to the one I love?’ and ‘is there someone else?’
The first track that uses clean guitars is the penultimate track, The Sound. It’s clear to the listener that this track represents the very end of the toxic relationship, the lyrics claiming ‘I can’t take the sound’. Tewer’s voice sounds raw and cracked, clearly showing a lot of emotion. There is a surprise instrumental section of backing vocals interwoven with a saxophone.
The second half of the album is much more varied in terms of genre and emotion, and is much more enjoyable to listen to. Paid In Full is a particularly angry song that would get a crowd pumped in a live gig, and The Sound would be a track for fans to light their torches to. The final third of Disposable Fix, which is really where the song gets going, would also be a crowd pleaser and probably also an encore song.