With the internet how it is, all types of music (including every subgenre of punk and hardcore) have become easily accessible to anyone with a computer. However, it’s also made room for our music scene, and all music scenes, to be oversaturated by band after band lacking creativity. JADEDPUNKHULK put it best when he hilariously tweeted “ANY TIME YOU BLAZE TRAIL, YOU SPAWN LOTS OF BAD VERSION OF YOU BAND. ASK YOUSELF BEFORE RECORD GO TO PRESS IF IT REALLY WORTH IT.” Real screamo is one of those genres that’s never really been too commercially successful, but with the internet how it is, the chances “bad versions” of trail-blazer bands showing up get more and more likely.
Originally, I was going to write off Sias La Lune as one of those “bad version” bands, although the band has been around for a while and had successful, well-regarded records previously. A Facebook friend then posted a song from Distance / Closure on my timeline, noting this particular song (“Within”) was one of the more “epic” songs from the genre this year. I thus decided maybe I shouldn’t be so quick to cynically write Suis La Lune off, and maybe there’s something I’m missing. Thus, I give you my review of Distance / Closure.
The EP, recorded in guitarist Henning’s basement, begins with a long, soft, drawn out introduction to the opening track, “Different Perspective”. Singer/bass player Andy (the press pack only had the band members’ first names) starts to set the mood differently by screaming “How dare you go on,” between lines of a simple guitar solo, frankly making the beginning of this release a bit too cheesy for my taste. Eventually, the song evolves from this corniness to an aggressive post hardcore tune, and ends in a breakdown-y throwback to the cheesy intro, with the same solo and lyrics being repeated, but this time loud and heavy. It’s a great way to complete the track from how it started.
The second song, “Endless Cycle”, also starts off soft and ends aggressive, however it’s not as slow moving as “Different Perspectives” and keeps the listener’s attention a bit easier. Similar to the first song on the EP, it showcases the band’s ability to write technical music and tweak every part of a song to make it to distinct from all other parts, however still sound like a cohesive track. This is something I personally love about screamo music, and Suis La Lune does it well.
The EP’s third track, “Better Parts”, is possibly the best, as well as the shortest track on the entire EP. It’s the most uptempo track and easy to follow while still holding true to the band’s technicality. Personally, this was the song I heard that helped me realize how tight Suiz La Lune is as a band and musicians. They are on the same page as each other and don’t play as sloppy as the wider majority of screamo bands I’ve seen do.
The final track, “Within”, is the longest track on the release, running almost twelve minutes. It has heavy parts, it has soft parts, and it ends all atomsphere-ish to add to the mood of the EP. While I personally believe things like this are overdone, I appreciate the variety this track (and all the tracks) bring to the release. And possibly to my discredit, other people (like my Facebook friend) seem to find this song pretty unique and contributing something good to the genre that is screamo, post hardcore, or whatever else you want to call it.
Overall, Distance / Closure is a really great release. It sounds raw production-wise which is always good, because it brings out the talent of the band all that much more by making you listen more closely. Apart from a few cheesy moments, it’s a solid piece of work from a good band, and if you’re really into screamo then you may find something special. For people who are a bit less invested in their screamo or post hardcore, I would say check this out, but it’s not necessarily as accessible as genre leaders like Loma Prietta or older Pianos Become the Teeth.
For this Distance / Closure, I’m giving Suis La Lune a 4 out of 5 and I’m excited to hear what this band’s next full-length sounds like.