obviously there are some people out there who are bitter at the fact that their once beloved genre called “screamo” has been out of the bag for years now. A Skylit Drive takes screamo to new heights with “She Watched the Sky” making it one of the best screamo albums out there besides blessthefall’s “His Last Walk.” The best part about this album is that it’s simply SOLID. Every song has amazing energy and you wont ever have to push that skip button on your cd/mp3 car stereo ever again!
Out of the desert Manifest Destiny uncovered comes the next big thing in post-hardcore. Sacramento’s A Skylit Drive expertly blends the musical stylings of bands like Chiodos and Thursday with the layered vocals and naiive lyrics of Taking Back Sunday. A Skylit Drive’s debut EP, She Watched the Sky, is at times raucus and irresponsible only to give way to introspection and self-immolation moments later. While this may be appropriate for a band so young, the spectrum of emotion displayed is remarkable. At its best it brings innovation and invention in an often times stale genre and at the very least it’s promising.
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i think the reason this band is so good is because they are experimental. they have that trance synth sound. i loved this CD and, although screamo does get old most times, i dont think this band will get old anytime soon. what i love the most, is that none of these songs sounded the same, unlike most mainstream bands. i can actually listen to the whole thing and not have to wonder if i’m listening to the same song 15 mins. l8r. i loved the music, loved the lyrics, loved the instrumentals and the stories.
A Skylit Drive is a pretty good band, first off. They are creative with their combination style of music, which combines hardcore, screamo, rock and even some soft rock with synth set in the background of several songs. Jordan Blake was the lead vocalist of this ep album and did a nice job of showing off his vocal talents in several different forms. Along with the catchy lyrics, the music is very listenable for most rock fans that can accept vocals and screaming in music. The lyrics are pretty well written, some songs better than others, but for the most part are at least decent and very understandable. The first track is a nice opener including a screaming vocalization style, also including hardcore and synth in the beginning and end of the song. Drown the City is the second track and one of my favorite (if not favorite song by the band). It starts out with hardcore and develops into a synthetic and very mellow vocalization that suits the song excellently, and combines the hardcore and sweet melodic vocalization throughout the great track. The All Star Diaries starts with high pitched singing and creates hardcore and screamo throughout, with somewhat meaningful lyrics; generating the vocalization styles in an organized manner and it works pretty well. Hey Nightmare… is a somewhat angry song with lyrics expressing (the style of) battle. It song starts of with a roaring kind of hardcore sound that evolves into a unique style of melodic and fitting vocalization, even adding piano to certain parts, which is a great touch, especially to a kind of genre that limits the instrumentals of a piano. The Past The Love The Memory is the softest and perhaps the most eerie vocalization of ASD yet. It is a very heartfelt song and expresses Jordan’s emotions very well, along with creating a break in the harder pitched sound and sounds very nice as well. According to Columbus opens the track with melodic guitar and continues the fine tuned sound of the album, except creating a rougher sound with quite a bit of screamo and hardcore vocals, it also showcases Jordan’s emotions in the chorus; perhaps telling of a person he knew and thought of them very highly of and perhaps was/is in love with them.
When I first saw an ad for She Watched the Sky by A Skylit Drive, I knew I had to buy it and I’m so happy I did! These guys are really cool and I haven’t been able to compare them to anyone else. That’s what I like about them. I bought it almost a month ago and haven’t been able to stop listening. My favorite track was “Hey Nightmare, Where Did You Get Them Teeth”. Very cool.
Upcomers A Skylit Drive have released an EP that people should pay close attention to. A.S.D. would appeal to fans of Saosin, From First to Last, Chiodos, and Thursday. A Skylit Drive stays true to the screamo formula while maintaining their own indentity. While listening to A.S.D., I was reminisent, musically, of Chiodos and The Blood Brothers, while vocally, their sound is easily compared to front-men like Adam Lazzara of Taking Back Sunday and Geoff Rickly of Thursday. Overall, She Watched the Sky is an excellent listen that will be exceedingly difficult to remove from your CD player or iPod. I highly recommend that fans of screamo or post-hardcore pay close attention to this soon-to-be household name.