Release Date: May 10, 2011
Record label: Suicide Squeeze
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
Firm Rock Sound favourites return even better than ever... Ever since discovering their 06 debut EP ‘Young Mountain’, Texan instrumental rockers This Will Destroy You have meant a lot to us here at Rock Sound. We brought them over for their debut UK tour and awarded their self-titled debut record Album Of The Month back in 08. Now their sophomore effort, ‘Tunnel Blanket’, has finally dropped and we’re delighted to report that the band have evolved to an even more staggering degree.
This Will Destroy You's sophomore full-length finds the post-rockers moving glacial soundscapes to the foreground and doing away with overdriven amps to make a more subdued album. For a while there, it was as if bands in the post-rock scene were in a competition to see who could achieve the most epic, monolithic burst. It was only a matter of time before it would reach a limit.
Listening to instrumental rock can sometimes make you feel like you’re wading out into the ocean. Pushed and pulled by an underlying current, you’re inundated by an environment of constant tension and release. Most post-rockers tend to stick with the surf, building and swelling their melodies until they crash under their own weight, recede and repeat in another form.
What was apparent about This Will Destroy You’s Young Mountain and the band's equally acclaimed self titled debut was that the records established the Texan band firmly into the post rock canon and defined a style that worked extremely well for them. But some felt TWDY were starting to push the auto pilot switch, not really adding anything new or groundbreaking to the genre, sounding like a copy and paste version of Mogwai, Caspian and 65daysofstatic. So what’s changed in the two years since their last release? Well… not much really.