With “Resonate/Desperate” State Faults bring a much sort after mix of melodic post hardcore and screamo to the table. After a year of numerous exciting post hardcore releases in this vein, many seeing wide critical acclaim, to come across another album that pricks up your ears and engages you from the outset is quite something. The second release from these guys, their first on No Sleep, will no doubt see them gaining a great deal of well deserved attention in 2014.
Beginning the album with ‘Meteor’, opening to relentless pounding drums and screamed vocals with guitars beautifully building to a euphoric feel, this is a perfectly executed track affirming the tone of what’s to come. Straight into the second song it is quickly clear why State Faults have chosen track ‘Wildfires’ for their most recent video, an extremely catchy and memorable high tempo piece that will have you unconsciously contributing to the chorus cries of ‘Miiisseryy’ on first listen and no doubt a live favourite of fans.
There is something about the sound that is instantly apparent and continues across the album, it feels like it almost encapsulates the atmosphere of a live show, quite where that comes from I’m not entirely sure but I think it may be contributed to by the level of the vocals, they sit comfortably at a lower volume than many in this genre and so appear as if Jonny Andrew is indeed belting them out to reach those crammed in at back of the room.
As I travelled on through “Resonate/Desperate” I was pleasantly surprised that not one track lets up, there is no token track deviating from the direction here, although keeping the same themes it doesn’t at all feel formulaic and flows well. State Faults seem to have hit upon a balance of emotive melodic post hardcore with what may be described as a venture into post rock on this album, without it feeling too contrived, keeping a heavy sound and energetic pace yet lifted here and there by stunning soundscapes and it works. An album well worth exploring for fans of Touché Amoré, Deafheaven,The Pianos Become Teeth etc.