‘A Little Faster’ (Australian Deluxe Edition)
In a scene over saturated with quick fading trends and fast rises to rock-stardom with even quicker falls, it’s become increasingly hard recently to find stand out artists.
These days it’s not just your talent for shredding on guitar or applying eyeliner that shifts records, it’s your ability to engage fans, to offer them something else. From minute one, There For Tomorrow make clear what they’re here for. Self-belief, positivity. They have it and they want you to as well.
Opening with unashamedly catchy post-hardcore guitar, The Remedy wastes no time in getting to the point. Front man Maika Maile’s voice is smooth, but no less convicted as he sings “I bet you won’t find one weak bone in me. It’s been a long time coming but no need for sympathy. I made my mind, I’ll spend my time just making you believe”
Following that up with the equally as captivating title track, it only takes two songs to realize this album is not one that grows on you, it draws you right in first listen.
Slowing down and breaking out the acoustic guitars for I Can’t Decide, the album shifts gears for a moment, taking a slow breath with this ode to loneliness before kicking back in with a vengeance on the passionate album highlight Sore Winner.
Where one might accuse some of the songs of being predictable, it’s more a case of knowing what works for them, what people want to hear and using that to their full potential. What A Little Faster lacks in complexity, it makes up for with thoroughly enjoyable, accessible music that will no doubt translate into an energetic and entertaining live show. There’s no denying the foursome from Orlando’s musical chemistry, even recorded, and a lot of the album’s beauty comes from knowing how to not over complicate everything.
The five bonus tracks or remixes aren’t a huge departure from the originals but they’re a fun edition, bringing more dub step and house orientated elements to the rock songs. Without the added extras, there’s only fourty minutes and change worth of music on the album, which barely feels like enough of the highly addictive tunes for new and old fans alike.
While TFT don’t step too far out of the bounds of current musical trends, following closely in the footsteps of other bands who’s fan bases are exploding at a rapid rate, what sets this album, this band apart is their message. Their relentless desire to make sure their optimism is contagious.
You don’t get noticed without making a splash, and it’s easy to see why There For Tomorrow are one of music’s fastest growing and well respected up and coming bands. The waves these guys are already making are only bound to get bigger.
There For Tomorrow are appearing at Soundwave Festival 2011 and sidewaves with Sum 41, The Blackout and Veara.
The Metro, Sydney on March 1st.
Billboard, Melbourne (18+) March 2nd.
Tickets for both kick-ass quadruple bills are available at http://www.ticketek.com.au or on 132849