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The Fear of Missing Out
June 18, 2013 - Nicholas Terry
So, I had a day off from work yesterday. I stumble outside around noon to get the mail, and low and behold there's a square package leaning against my door. I have a habit of buying things online, and forgetting that I had ordered them. I guess you could say I treat myself to my own surprise. It's ok to splurge once and awhile.
When I do purchase something for myself, it's almost always music related. Today's package was none other than the debut full length LP from Worship This! entitled, "Tomorrow, I"ll Miss You". The Cleveland based band is a powerhouse of melodic punk rock. However, they've got more in common with Dischord and Deep Elm Records than anything on Fat Wreck Chords. A-F Records is a quality label who stand behind their bands and releases, and this release is no exception. It arrived perfectly packaged with a large sticker for a non-for-profit cause, a flyer for a free digital sampler, the album of course, and a handwritten thank you post it note. It's this type of business that makes you want to keep coming back, something sorely lacking in today's market.
Down to the nitty gritty. This album opens up with the rager "I, Human" that questions the listener and sets the tone for the rest of the album.
"Can you let live and let die? Can you see life before your eyes? When it seems that all is lost, can you smile?" - From "I, Human"
The band doesn't let up for really any length of time, keep a constant flow of rhythms and sounds. There's no real ballads, but the band knows when to have restraint during songs. It's for this reason that the album flows perfectly keeping your interest. I have a few personal favorites off the album, but I wouldn't say there's any standout tracks. I mean that in the most complimentary of ways. Every song fits perfectly into the album, and there's no filler. This is a true album. In an age where bands want a hit song, Worship This! made a hit record.
My two personal favorites right now are Indifferent; and The Fear of Missing Out. The latter making the title of this entry.
"I've been collecting stories from my drunken escapades. I hope I can't look back and say those were my best days. I've been missing out things because I thought they weren't worth waiting. I'm missing out on everything I thought was so frustrating." - From "The Fear of Missing Out"
The songs are full lyrics of finding oneself, losing someone else, and finding emotion in a world that is increasingly devoid of it. If you can't relate to those topics then this isn't the album for you. For everyone else, enjoy a solid rock record from possibly your new favorite band.
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