Pin It
Favorite

Tell No One, Just Breathe And Resist 

(Self-released, CD)

After three years of live performance, two extended hiatuses and a legally mandated name change, Tell No One (formerly known as Akrasia) deliver Just Breathe and Resist, their second EP and first commercially available recording.

The band's sound owes a considerable debt to Dischord Records' founders and flagship act Fugazi. TNO employ a similar soft/harsh dynamic while flirting with math-rock song structures. At times they evoke the much-lauded, now-defunct Dischord band Faraquet, minus the jazz inflections.

Opener "Board Games" features serene, almost bucolic guitars that guide the verses to a driving chorus that hints at darker things to come. Those elements arrive in short order. In both "Reactions" and "Fail Logic," the vocals take a harsher tone that pushes beyond indie-punk shouting into the territory of stylized yelps and growls. The guitars move between sparse, hesitant melodies and angst-filled dramatics. One of the disc's most interesting moments occurs in the second track's finale, when the drums and distortion give way to a mournful guitar figure that stumbles through the suddenly empty space.

"Bored Games" is even moodier, with affected vocal samples that sound like they were carried over long-distance phone lines. These bits of audio appear intermittently over a backdrop of tremolo guitars. The track is a strong one, displaying a side of the band that merits further exploration.

"A Knife in My Romans" is the clear highlight of Just Breathe. On it, TNO deftly balance Mogwai-esque movements with solid bass work and propulsive drumming. The instrumental elements are nicely complemented by an insistent vocal that fits perfectly. When in their element, as they are here, Tell No One truly shine.

The band members were clearly raised on a steady diet of Dischord Records, but they still sound unique. The trio is a welcome and worthy addition to the Burlington music community, a scene they seem destined to outgrow.

Got something to say? Send a letter to the editor and we'll publish your feedback in print!

Tags: , ,

Pin It
Favorite

More by Chris Miller

About The Author

Chris Miller

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Seven Days moderates comments in order to ensure a civil environment. Please treat the comments section as you would a town meeting, dinner party or classroom discussion. In other words, keep commenting classy! Read our guidelines...

Note: Comments are limited to 300 words.

Latest in Albums

Recent Comments

Social Club

Like Seven Days contests and events? Join the club!

See an example of this newsletter...

Keep up with us Seven Days a week!

Sign up for our fun and informative
e-newsletters:

All content © 2016 Da Capo Publishing, Inc. 255 So Champlain St Ste 5, Burlington, VT 05401
Website powered by Foundation