A week from today, a worthy contributor to your music library is coming straight from In Memory Of. The band is releasing their self-titled debut album on March 10th; this of course is only coming after a few years of playing at shows all around (and beyond!) the city, opening for the likes of Dance Gavin Dance and Alesana, as well as playing at Vans Warped Tour last year and Sweaterfest 2014. Not to mention one of the tracks, “Needless Needles” that you may have already heard playing on Houston’s premiere rock station, 94.5 The Buzz. Living in a world where some music critics may not be so lucky, I thoroughly enjoyed this album from start to finish. It’s brilliantly stitched with audible emotional depth, fine tuning, and is overall a true blue showcase of talent. Here’s a rundown of my personal top three favorite songs:
1. “Weightless Words”
The cool, edgy opening to this one was a pleasant jolt, and harnessed my attention immediately. Going further into the song, the lyrics themselves, plus the style in which they’re performed gave me a complete rush. Comparable to Silverstein, but with an original spin.
This is the lone duet of the album, and it was executed perfectly. The smoother instrumentals in the beginning left plenty of room for the beautiful harmonies brought to the table by lead vocalist Chris Johnston and guest artist Denae Wilce. What’s better? These same harmonies aren’t just limited to the vocals, but the music as well, everything staying a strong combination even through the buildups closer to the end.
3. “City Lights”
The band undoubtedly saved one of the best for last in this finale. Exceptionally inspirational and catchy, I was endlessly impressed by the correlation of all the elements in this track. I’d recommend listeners everywhere to add it to any adventure playlist, immediately.
Other star tracks:
“Just Pretend” – Notable if for nothing else than the fact that it’s the most gentle song on the album and a change of tune; though it doesn’t hurt that it’s incredibly easy to get lost in.
“Nerdy Like Velma, Hot Like Daphne” – I have to say, the title itself was interesting enough. However, this is a hardcore, diverse track and is sure to be amazing at a live show. (Hint hint, here’s looking at you, IMO.)
“Identity Crisis” – A strong opening number that strikes a remarkable balance with smooth vocals layered over rougher, pounding instrumentals. This one is a little bit of something everyone will love, no matter your style – then again, I could make the same statement for the rest of this stellar first album from In Memory Of. *