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Call me old-fashioned, but I like to listen to music that doesn’t sound like animals dying.
Please ignore theswooping bangs that cover my face, checkerboard Vans, Senses Fail band tees, Vanna ticket stubs, and other eighth grade artifacts and/or repressed memories. By the time I hit high school, I knew I was going to be making many poor life decisions. Listening to scream and hyper emotional pop-punk wasn’t going to be one of them.
Apparently I can’t keep self-promises: I’ve been listening to post-hardcore locals, Farewell Dreamer.
In my defense, my immediate interest in the band had to do with the drummer, Chris Donis. Donis and I went to high school together and he happens to be one of the funniest people I have ever met. If you don’t believe me, just consider how funny it is for a musician to think he’ll earn a living.
While Farewell Dreamer formed in spring 2010, its best track came in 2011 playing music with “Open Your Eyes”. I could do with out the cookie monster screams. Nevertheless, the band still maintains some melody and my mom won’t flip her shit if I play this in her car. “Open Your Eyes” calls to mind a thrashier Circa Survive. As a 21 year old girl with a Tumblr account, I appreciate the Anthony Green vocal vibes.
I decided to give Farewell Dreamer’s 2011 EP, Instinct, a listen. Unfortunately, this EP proves to be much harder than “Open Your Eyes” and I am tempted to raise the question: y u so mad bro? (Of course, I willingly paid for and went to a Hawthorne Heights concert before so who am I too judge?) “Bird Game” is still a good listen. The introduction on that song is so catchy I could probably listen to it by itself on repeat. Also, this song bears more of a Black Sabbath influence than Beneath the Sky or some other screamocore shit.
The breakdown on the final track, “Your Ship Has Sailed”, also stands out.
The final verdict: If I want to listen to a white boy scream, I’ll break my younger brother’s XBox system. Still, I wish I could borrow my old ears because Farewell Dreamer can still write catchy and even slightly, advanced songs in a scene that most of us probably regret ever being in. Farewell Dreamer can be your quick nostalgic fix that doesn’t make you completely regret shopping at Hot Topic.
Besides, I’ll need proper music to pre-game the Fall Out Boy show that I’m going to in May.
For more information, check out Farewell Dreamer’s Facebook page.