Review Summary: Letlive bring a post-hardcore album fit for many of 2010's best-of listsPrepare your battle stations, men. For an album has arrived to clear the path filled with much of the vacant, the last nine or ten years of post-hardcore clichés and records-by-records generics and second and third-tier expendables. Shield your face, and open your ears.
Rock Sound favourites finally release their third album in the UK, and it's been worth the wait... One of the most hotly tipped breakthrough bands for 2011, it’s taken LA quintet letlive. a while to really make their mark. Originally released last April in the States, their third album is now enjoying an official release with three extra tracks, and it’s a frenetic, hugely entertaining and inventive genre mash-up full of punk rock aggression and rock ‘n’ roll swagger that blends inventive chaos with a real ear for melody.
As a genre grows increasingly homogenous, it seems less and less likely for a band to break free of its safe orbit to try and do something different. Even a nebulous genre like post-hardcore that was initially so diverse can become formulaic given enough time. That’s why it’s so refreshing when a band comes along that’s willing to mix it up, as is the case with Letlive and their third album, Fake History.
There are two reasons why Glassjaw is considered to be one of the primary innovators of post-hardcore. The first is Daryl Palumbo’s incredibly distinct, instantly recognizable vocal style. The second is the group’s unique compositional style, which allowed for experimentation while still upholding the precepts of the genre. Most recent post-hardcore bands have attempted to replicate the group’s formula, with varying degrees of success.
LA five-piece’s new LP confirms the presence of a vital force in post-hardcore. Mischa Pearlman 2011 Since coming out in America towards the end of last year, a lot of hype has swelled around the release of letlive.’s latest (third in total) album over here, mainly off the back of their recent raucous and riotous UK shows. Certainly, live, they are a force to be reckoned with – a visceral ball of rage that knows neither boundaries nor limits.
Imagine every single emotion you’ve ever felt since you were born coursing through your body at the same time—all the rage and fear and sadness and love and uncertainty and joy and everything else in between bubbling through your blood in an overwhelming concoction of feeling that just can’t be contained within your skin. That is what letlive.’s new album sounds like, and not just the first time you hear it either. It sounds like that every time.