Past Lives

It’s not surprising that Seattle quartet Past Lives — which consists entirely of former members of the Blood Brothers — sounds like a radical departure from the latter group’s relentless helicopter-crash crunch. But Past Lives’ first full-length, Tapestry of Webs, paints a picture of a restless band eager to distance itself from its own existing body of work. On Tapestry, Past Lives carves a crater-sized space out of the Blood Brothers’ trademark density and, instead of traditional riffs, fills it with vaporous guitar drones. Frontman Jordan Billie, once addicted to hoarse screaming, re-invents himself as an actual singer. Gravitating toward the textured restraint of new wave, Past Lives heralds post-hardcore’s long-awaited move into adulthood.

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