If They Move... Kill Them

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A surprising debut from relatively unknown hardcore outfit Fairweather, If They Move...Kill Them reveals the promise of a potentially huge band. Fairweather adds an aggressive technical touch to a tiring emo formula. The hooks are deep, the vocals are high, but the music is more complex and aggressive. Staccato rhythms bristle during standouts like "Let's Hear It for Dartanian," a track that exemplifies Fairweather's progressive approach to songwriting and arrangements. This forward-thinking style eclipses many emo acts with their condensed approach to riffing. Listeners may detect similarities to diverse punk/hardcore artists like At the Drive-In and Quicksand, but there's nothing on If They Move...Kill Them that smacks of plagiarism. This is an accomplished first outing from a truly original and talented group.

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