|Something to sell to the kids
||[Jan. 17th, 2008|12:44 pm]
Gabriel A. B. Johnson
|[||Right now I'm feeling
"Either she loves you or she’s left you. Luckily, A Cursive Memory has already written the soundtrack for both.
Because they know things change. And music is how you deal with it.
In fact, there has never been a time in their lives that they didn’t want to “break some hearts and climb some charts,” in the words of founding member Shaun Profeta.
Changes (2/19/08 on Vagrant), their debut full length, is streamlined, catchy, and just anthemically huge. Inspired by the growth they and their sound have gone through since their start, Changes is, they say half-jokingly, “kind of like music puberty.”
ACM is the twin guitar and vocal attack of Profeta and Colin Baylen, with Mark Borst Smith and newcomer Dillan Wheeler locking down the rhythm. The So-Cal 4-piece has already mailed in their dues with DIY-style touring, at one point locking their merch guy, Gooch, in the trailer for half an hour. oops!
That baptism by fire paid off. They went from being a high school band to Vagrant’s latest signing, going coast-to-coast on national tours.
They’ve already held their own onstage with Jimmy Eat World, HelloGoodbye, Boys Like Girls, and more. If they get their way, it’ll be months of hitting the road with more bands like tourmates New Found Glory and Senses Fail, more hotel rooms and a van that smells like dudes.
After one listen to “Everything,” can you really not hear thousands of kids singing along? Well they already are. “Perfect Company,“ already featured in the season finale of the Simple Life, is only one of the album’s rockers with more hooks than a prosthetics ward. Think All-American Rejects, think Mae, think the Killers, but when you hear Changes, you’ll think again.
Because they’ve been well beyond the point of imitation-as-tribute for years. So age, experience – whatever. Here’s the bottom line: the only way anyone is getting A Cursive Memory’s songs out of their head is with a lobotomy. And that shit is expensive.
A bunch of friends wrote some songs once. Now they’re going to do it all. It’s time for some Changes."
-Taken from band A Cursive Memory's myspace.