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Travelogue (Action Heights)

By: Mike SOS

Faultlines is an Iowa-based quartet whose aggressive punk rock meets starry-eyed shoegazing stance is not unlike a blend of bands such as Open Hand, Hot Water Music, or fellow statesmen (and band people will undoubtedly compare them to the most), Braid. The 11-track release, broken up into numbered days for continuity, takes jagged guitars and staccato rhythms and weaves them inside of catchy melodies. Tracks like the uplifting instrumental opener "Modern Traveler" and the Foo Fighters-esque "Line Breaks" have got both the balls and brains displayed to make the jocks and geeks equally happy, while the general post-hardcore feel of tracks like "Grand Holiday" sound like Avail, while "Televise Your Holidays" and "Sirens and Sailors" wouldn't sound out of place on a Far record, sans the somewhat subdued vocals. TRAVELOGUE brings the rock in an angular way, making this release something fans of punk-hardcore hybrid bands would latch on to.
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