As Night Falls: The End of All Innocence
Genre: Indie Rock with just a touch of a screamo and alternative rock influences
Label: The Agency Records
Best Feature: The melding of male and female vocals.
In an industry where every band seems to strive to be a copycat of their mainstream forefathers, it is refreshing to come across a band who can borrow from the talents of their influences enough to pay tribute to them, but still retain originality in their own sound. As Night Falls (previously known as Nightfall), a “screamo-influenced” indie rock band from California, is able to demonstrate this ability on their first five song EP, The End of All Innocence, which was released in June of 2004 on The Agency Records.
This EP has become an integral part of my listening routine. It pays homage to bands such as The Anniversary and The Rentals through the bonding of male and female vocals, but has tradeoffs between screaming/singing reminiscent of bands such as Silverstein. While their overall sound pays tribute to other bands in this genre these ways, their sound quality also breaks from the norm as it includes some alternative influenced guitar riffs amidst their trading off between more driving guitar lines and their slower, more emotional and melodic guitar lines.
It is in their ability to cover a variety of subjects through their lyrics that their creativity is demonstrated. Through my own interpretation of each song’s lyrics, every one song captured or evoked a different emotion, including fear of violence and terrorism resulting in activism (“Succumb to Violence”), the sadness of unrequited love (“If Stained Glass Only Knew”), the difficulties associated with self-esteem and learning to respect yourself (“The Philosophy of Time Travel”), overcoming adversity and taking responsibility for your actions (“False Sense of You”), and dealing with a personal loss (“Beauty Bleeds”). The lyrics themselves, however, are symbolic enough that each person could interpret the songs differently, which is an excellent quality as it opens the door for many people to become emotionally involved in the music in their own way. Their ability to refrain from repeating the same subject song after song is a refreshing break from today’s trend of having entire CDs about broken hearts.
This EP is well worth a listen, and if you can’t pick it up at a show, it can be purchased on smartpunk.com for the reasonable price of $5.