Across Five Aprils

Living in the Moment

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As one of screamo's hot prospects, Chattanooga's Across Five Aprils -- presumably named for the 1965 Irene Hunt novel -- fuse the melodic prowess of Thursday and the inventive power of Scatter the Ashes on Living in the Moment to yield one of the finest EPs of the year. The heartbreak of "Saving Seats" is set free by its need for release, but the Lifetime-inspired guitar leads of "Answers in the Eyes" and the capable pipes of frontman Steve Taylor exhibit a depth that few can beat. "Moon-lit Sunrise" tears it up as Dale Nixon-era Dag Nasty meets Converge. But these guys even get pensive on "Through the Pane," a top-notch TRL-ballad-in-waiting. With material this solid, it shouldn't be long before the major-label A&R men come calling for A5A.

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