Most hardcore/screamo rock isn’t exactly inventive. It doesn’t need to be—add guitars, drums and shrieking vocals, heat and serve. But Fontana three-piece Needless To Say bring a creative fervor to the genre, making music that breaks the mold of more generic hardcore acts.
The band lay down tracks on an epic scale, all the songs on their MySpace page being about five minutes long. But their music isn’t a long, drawn-out jam-band kind of affair. Rather, it’s straightforward and dynamic enough to keep your ADD-addled brain occupied. Although the songs are long, Needless To Say manage to cram plenty of ideas into each of them—an accomplishment which lesser bands might take three tunes to successfully pull off.
The music walks the line between dreamy pop and screamy pop, offering up melodic, beautiful, minimal soundscapes that are broken up by angsty explosions of intricately-orchestrated energy. Each track effectively runs the gamut of human emotion, which gives their tracks an inventive quality that’s familiar enough to recognize, but is strikingly original.
They definitely have an At The Drive-In feel, but they’re not content to merely sound like the past, and instead use their influences as they should—as influences. They also skip the drummer, opting instead for an electronic beat-keeper. Although on some tracks, the drum machine can’t be distinguished from a human counterpart, other tracks employ the gadgetry to give the songs a distinctly electronic feel, adding a unique dimension to the melodic songs, and an extra dash of vigor to the more blood-pumping ones.
More info and song clips at www.myspace.com/needlesstosay.
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