EP Review: Among Giants – ‘Back and Forth’

Among Giants are a emo-esque post-hardcore collective whose debut album Truth Hurts was released back in 2012. I got my hands on the album sometime last year, and really enjoyed the blunt lyrics and personal atmosphere. Since then, they released a handful of split 7″s, but there second complete project Back and Forth just dropped in April. Enjoy.

among giants back and forth

Compared to Truth HurtsBack and Forth is a very different sounding Among Giants. They’ve grown. There’s more attention to detail: heavier use of electric guitar, expressive drums, added background vocals, and an overall more polished sound. The songs feel heavier, and there’s more to listen to. The drums and guitar on “The World is Not My Friend” are fast and abrasive; they add angst to the already uneasy message. On “Art School,” Greg Hughes guitar during the verse is very similar to those off of Truth Hurts, but because he’s using a more distorted electric guitar, they’re injected with an extra punch.

But, this thicker and fuller sound is double edged sword. The songs on Back and Forth don’t come off as personal as they were on Truth Hurts. Because there’s more to listen to, you’re distracted from Hughes’ vocals, and his once piercing lyrics don’t have quite the same effect. Another gripe I have is with some of the less-than-memorable guitar melodies. “Hardwood Floors” is a good example. The opening riff sounds like a reused Rise Against guitar melody, and I think the song would have sounded much better without it.

Overall, I have mixed feelings about Back and Forth. It’s nice to hear from Among Giants again, and they’ve released a couple of solid tracks here, but I miss the highly emotive feel of Truth Hurts. This EP tries for that same ethos, but is over-shadowed by the instrumentation.


Peace Treats Records – “Greetings from Orlando” PART THIRD

Today we got tracks by Zap Dragon & The Attack, Among Giants, and Fast Preacher! Enjoy.


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Zap Dragon & The Attack – “Sicko”

I love this song. The lyrics are brash, hilarious, and catchy as hell. This is without a doubt the most postmodern track on Greetings from Orlando, and it’s that self-awareness that makes this song so damn good. “And this is a bad, bad song with a sorry excuse for a laugh-line. It’s not that I don’t like it, no it’s just that it’s so simple of a rhyme.” Who writes a song that makes fun of itself? Zap Dragon & The Attack, that’s who. Also, I can’t think of a better analogy for the entire Orlando music scene than, “I got a problem with everything, and everything’s got a problem with me.” They’re playing @ Will’s tomorrow with Yogurt Smoothness. Shit’s mint.

Hear more from Zap Dragon & The Attack on their Bandcamp! Go on. I believe in you.

Among Giants – “Somebody Kill Me Please”

What Orlando compilation would be complete without an Adam Sandler cover? My dear buddy Kevin and I saw these guys last year, and they were incredible. The combination of punk, folk, and emo that make up their debut album Truth Hurts, hits hard both sonically and emotionally. Among Giants are able to capture the isolation and confusion of being a twenty-something with big dreams and a foggy future. But, any band that covers a song from The Wedding Singer must have a good sense of humor, and Among Giants are able to have fun with their highly emotive sound.

Need more? Among Giants keep the tunes rolling on their Bandcamp!

Fast Preacher – “Tracks”

Fast Preacher is a tough group to pinpoint. On “Tracks,” there are elements of soul, alternative, funk, punk, and rock n’ roll. The bass line that starts around 1:15 is stanky! The funk reeks so bad, I need a shower after writing this review. Also, there’s a guitar solo at the 2:50 mark that incorporates an almost ska sound. This song is all over the place, but good vibes are constant. Fast Preacher has a show coming at on March 6 @ The Peacock Room with Each Other and Southern Nights. If this review hasn’t convinced you to go, let smooth sounds of Fast Preacher persuade you.

Do you feel aroused by Fast Preacher? Keep those feelings going on their Bandcamp!