Senses Fail

From the Depths of Dreams

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This punk quintet from Bergen County, NJ came to prominence the old-fashioned way, releasing an EP on a small label and selling it to a steadily growing grassroots following. They attracted the attention of a larger indie label in due course, gaining FROM THE DEPTHS OF DREAMS nationwide distribution. Unlike many bands flying punk's pirate flag in the early '00s, Senses Fail don't go in for the jokey pop-punk sound favored by so many of their peers (especially on the West Coast). Nor do they trade in the ubiquitous emo sound, or Rancid-style retro. Instead they pursue their own course; while melodic, they don't go for obvious pop hooks. There's a seriousness of purpose that's the dominant tone here, and an artful angularity to the production and arrangements, occasionally bearing a slight touch of prog-metal flavoring.

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