REVIEW: Adventures self-titled EP

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Upon my first listen of Adventures self-titled EP, I realized that No Sleep Records had done it again.  The album, which will drop September 11, instantly blew me away and surpassed any expectation I may have had.

The line-up of Adventures seems to go something like this:

-Three parts former Code Orange Kids members

-Two parts friends of previously mentioned members

What became of this five-piece collaboration was simplicity at its finest, ultimately birthing an indie masterpiece.

Adventures oozes heartfelt emotion throughout its entirety, starting with the first track titled “I Feel So Sure”. Reba Meyers takes control of the track from start to finish, effortlessly striking chords that ring all the way down to your insides.

The second track, “Walking”, starts off slow yet again and is a pleasant follow-up to “I Feel So Sure”.  In “Walking”, Reba subtly introduces a vocal twist of melodic screams (and owns it, at that) that would be echoed in full force on the last track of the EP.

OnceLike Seed” came on, though I was saddened by the knowledge that I was three fourths of the way through the EP, I was delightfully met with a male vocal/female vocal match up that made it impossible to sulk.  “I’m watching time age before me as my biggest fears face reality, I’ve never had as much confidence in anyone, and I have never been so scared” is a powerful line that Meyers sings in harmony before being met again with the male vocals and, simultaneously, ending the song out together with a perfect display of lyrical repetition.  Out of the four tracks, this one hit the hardest with me. The band released the song to viewers online and can be heard here.

The last track off Adventures, “Reach Out To You”, would be considered the heaviest of the four tracks. The subtle melodic screams mentioned in “Walking” are predominant in this track, giving it a sound of its own and validating its need to be premiered as the first released track of the EP.

The anticipation of their self-titled EP has been mounting all over (and for good reason.  Adventures was featured in in Absolutepunk.net’s top 100 of 2012, who spoke of the EP as a “fabricated blanket of harmonies and heartbreak, worthy of anyone’s sweater and Hemingway collection”.

Adventures’ sound could easily be related to fellow indie rockers, Tigers Jaw, or Lemuria.  But, with a sound like theirs, you really don’t need to compare.  When something works so well on its own it is best to take it for what it is and enjoy.

Don’t just take my word for it!  Head on over to the band’s Facebook page and see for yourself.

Samantha Gilder is a native of Saint Simons Island. She attended Georgia Southern University for a brief stint where she studied Journalism, and although she became your statistical “college dropout”, she strives to pursue her goals with the best of them. Growing up, music and writing were the top two most influential things in her life; fast forward to the present and their roles in her life are just as prominent, with the only (major) differences being that now she is not only a writer but a mother. She has eternal love in her heart for her daughter. She bartends at a local coffee shop/café/pub where (lucky for her) the appreciation for music is equally shared between her employers and co-workers.

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