I Am Alaska

A Day In The Life EP

Written by: TL on 29/12/2008 00:25:45

Yet another name rising fast from alternative/emo/post-hardcore's melting pot of a scene is the Philadelphia-based I Am Alaska. Formed in 2007 and already bringing us their debut EP "A Day In The Life", which should be right up your alley as long as bands like At The Drive-In, Thursday, The Fall Of Troy or maybe even The Mars Volta find themselves among your favourites.

I Am Alaska's music takes form in a mellow progressive indie that builds up until it suddenly becomes a ripping post-hardcore frenzy, and by post-hardcore I mean in the veins of the traditional jagged riffage and urgent vocals of At The Drive-In or Thursday. Vocalist Rob sounds remarkably like Billy Talent's Benjamin Kowalewicz, yelling and screaming with malcontent that rivals that of RATM's Zack de la Rocha and pairing that up with the sound I just described before, the result is enough to mark I Am Alaska as a band to look out for in the future. This is lucky for them, because when it comes to songwriting, they still have some way to go. The frantic climax of opener "Proletariat" does manage to find its way into your mind, as does the trippy Mars Volta-esque parts of "Wallflower" but as a whole, the elements aren't brought together well enough to attain severe lasting impact.

Apart from that, there's really not that much more to say about "A Day In The Life EP". If you like the similar bands I've listed I have no doubt that you're going to love I Am Alaska too, and if you don't you probably couldn't care less about them. Personally, I'll probably enjoy this EP every now and then, while reserving my judgment until I see if a full length will bring more substance along. As for now the verdict says "Promising" and amounts to a slightly generous;


Download: Proletariat, Wallflower
For The Fans Of: At The Drive-In, Thursday, The Fall Of Troy, The Mars Volta
Listen: myspace.com/iamalaska

Release Date 30.06.2008
No Sleep Records

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