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Music Review: Despite What You’ve Been Told (Rebuilt Machine)

901078_536974559688163_938606871_oThe Rebuilt Machine’s latest album, Despite What You’ve Been Told, is set to release May 31st, 2013. It consists of 7 songs, ranging from laid back beats to in-your-face music, showing the band’s versatility.

The first song on the track, A Week Shy of August, starts the album off strongly with an uplifting, catchy beat, exploding with guitar riffs and clapping.  Singer Joshua Wesley shows off his range of vocals, complimented by Nik Castro, one of the guitarists.

Drama Queen uses different elements to be appealing, with a slower, more acoustic   intro and Wesley nearly whispering. A sudden change of pace keeps the song from being too slow. Drummer Jon Saylor uses cymbals effectively to create a unique background noise that is intricately layered over with powerful riffs and a thumping bass line. Castro and Wesley harmonize beautifully throughout the song, playing off of each other’s strengths. They swap singing lead and backup, showing off their vocal talents.

If the first two weren’t your style, The Truth and Those Who Tell It takes a creative leap away from Drama Queen and A Week Shy of August. Headphone users– beware! While guitarists Sam Stevenson and Castro strum in one ear, Wesley quietly serenades the listener, giving the song a personal feeling. The mesmerizing lyrics have the ultimate “aww” factor, such as “But after all, we couldn’t be/ Kept apart, you and me.” If the adorable lyrics aren’t enough, bassist Sean Lane and drummer Saylor keep the beat cheery, giving guitarists Castro and Stevenson an awesome background beat to play over. In addition to the flawless song, they add in fun elements like the radio static intro, and the “Woo!” Near the end of the song. It jumps from each ear bud, and even has a bit of Wesley’s beautiful screaming neatly tucked into Wesley’s vocals.

Run Away flaunts The Rebuilt Machine’s pop-punk background. Starting with catchy riffs, the song is chock full of cute lyrics and flawless guitar leads. Their use of breaks in the song is impressive, showing off their mastery of music. Again, they have Castro backing Joshua Wesley, a flawless pairing. Run Away is definitely a dancing song, with a steady, uplifting beat, created by Sean Lane and Jon Saylor.

Totally unexpected, Deception Looks Good on You breaks away from the pop-punk style, diving into post-hardcore. The song starts off with heavy drums and difficult guitar leads, showing off Saylor’s phenomenal potential as a drummer and Stevenson and Castro’s guitar talents. Wesley starts serenading the listener quietly before jumping into full-force screaming. It’s rare to find a singer who can both sing and scream well, and The Rebuilt Machine managed to find one. Their guitarists do a beautiful job backing vocals; Stevenson and Castro harmonize perfectly with each other and with Wesley.

Ghost Story starts with intricate guitar parts that overlap to create a softer beat than the previous songs. The slower beat and soft vocals create a relaxing tone, showing off The Rebuilt Machine’s ability to create both in-your-face music, and slow, relaxing tunes. Softer, acoustic-like elements and quiet singing suggest that The Rebuilt Machine excels in acoustic songs as well. Even though there is a bit of screaming, it’s certainly not as loud and raging as in Deception Looks Good on You because the screaming has a choir-like vocal backup from Nik Castro.

I had no idea what to expect when It’s About Damn Time quietly started. Steeling myself for the seemingly imminent burst of guitar, I was extremely surprised when instead a slow, absolutely beautiful piano piece rang out. Wesley once again proves his talent at singing, flawlessly hitting every note thrown his way. The Rebuilt Machine managed to make It’s About Damn Time sound like an older track, playing from a recording. The lyrics are hauntingly beautiful, packed with meaning. The slow, condemning beat gives the song a morose tone. A feeling of bittersweet reminiscence surfaces as the tape starts to play. The Rebuilt Machine cuts all bass elements out, giving It’s About Damn Time an antique feeling. As the song comes to an end, and the elements used dwindle slowly out, Wesley’s voice has an immobilizing effect, his last few lines sticking firmly to your mind.

Overall, The Rebuilt Machine’s newest album, Despite What You’ve Been Told, illustrates the band’s success as they experiment with new genres. No two songs sound alike, and they include everything from brash tracks to slow-dance songs. Their lyrics are meaningful, devoid of the superficial Top 40 repetition. They have incredible talent on each instrument and vocally; Despite What You’ve Been Told exhibits their mastery of music. One can only wonder- where could they possibly go from here?

You can pick up Despite What You’ve Been Told on iTunes on May 31st and enjoy their music with DHgate best headphones.

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