We Never Learned To Live are on the rise with debut album
At one particularly spectacular screamo/hardcore show last month, celebrating the release of Maths‘ new EP The Fires Courting The Sea, I was introduced to a couple of new bands who also had new releases on the horizon – a veritable embarrassment of musical riches, as it were.
One of these was We Never Learned To Live, a Brightonian band with a highly cathartic take on post-rock, combining the epic, emotional tenets of the genre with a combination of screamed and sung vocals. As punishing as it was compelling, their live show was the catalyst for further investigation, and the discovery that they’d their debut LP on the near horizon was a pleasing one.
Titled Silently, I Threw Them Skyward, it’s now upon us and out next week via Holy Roar, and has been made available to stream in full. Have yourselves a listen:
It absolutely delivers on the promise of their set, matching the intensity and poignancy. Tracks like opener “Shadows In Hibernation” and closer “Tasting Paralysis” take different approaches to this – the former builds quickly and punches early, whilst the latter takes its time, ramping up in several incremenet – but both achieve the same result.
The album never over-complicates things, with consistent use of effects, chopping between fast and slow drumming, and the light/dark dynamic of the vocals, which are certainly one of the highlights, sounding at times like Sparta‘s Jim Ward on his cleans. It’s going to take a few listens to digest properly, but from a visceral, reactionary first couple of spins, it’s the real deal. Good stuff guys.
Silently, I Threw Them Skyward comes out 22nd June via Holy Roar/Through Love Records. The band will be playing a release show on Friday 26th June at Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar in their native Brighton, with Hellwinners, Wild Cat Strike and more. Get down there if you can.