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Album Review: We’re Not Afraid – “Adventures In Poverty”

First off, I’d like to say We’re Not Afraid‘s Adventures In Poverty has the world’s best intro.

“Hey, jerk!” yells the speaker.

“Yeeeeeees?” comes the collective response.


BAM! The album starts with explosive technical guitar riffs that remind me of something from Strung Out or Rufio. That is a really good thing. That first song, “Back To Life”, grabbed me with an iron fist and did not let me go. I soared through the verses, I blazed through the choruses, and those melodies throughout—especially at the bridge? Wow. This brought me “Back To Life”.

And that was just the first song.

Adventures does not ever let you go. This is technical melodic hardcore at its finest!

For all you guitarists out there, you will love the complex leads littered throughout all the songs. “Casual Ties” and “Dead Fish” come to mind. Give those two songs a spin, and you’ll be hooked.

For all you bassists out there, pump up the bass! There’s some awesome tone in this. The opening bars of “Hope” reminded me of Joe Principe (Rise Against, 88 Fingers Louie), one of the best punk bassists ever.

For all you drummers out there, this is what is expected from a punk rock album. Fast, thrashy, driving, etc. But there is enough variation in there to not get bored. And the kit sounds fat, which is beautiful.

And for all you vocalists out there, I think I found the new voice to be emulating in the coming days. I haven’t heard such amazing vocals in years. Clear, yet edgy. Aggressive, yet emotive. And, as I said earlier, the melodies and harmonies are wonderful to hear.

From beginning to end, Adventures In Poverty is a fast ride. Fast, not just because of the speed of the songs (since there are a couple of mid-tempo songs), but because it feels like you start the album, and it’s done. Never a dull moment. And that’s when you press the “Repeat” button on your iTunes/iPod/Windows Media Player/Walkman (do people use those anymore?)/etc.

I went into listening to this album having no idea what to expect. Now, this is my favorite album of the year so far. Kudos, guys. Keep it up!

Recommended tracks:

ALL of them, duh!

Oh, I gotta choose two or three?

“Back To Life”, “Closed Eye Drive”, and “Dead Fish”

Okay, stop reading this review and pick up this album!

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DS Exclusive Album Stream: We’re Not Afraid – “Adventures In Poverty”

When I added We’re Not Afraid to my Top 10 of 2010 list a few weeks ago I had really only heard four of the tracks off their debut full-length “Adventures In Poverty” because the rest of the album hadn’t been released yet.  Needless to say, I was stoked when the band reached out and said they’d send me a copy.  So stoked was I, in fact, that I couldn’t keep it all to myself and figured I’d share it with the rest of you readers.

“Adventures In Poverty” doesn’t hit stores here in the US until February 8th but you can stream the whole thing right here.  Hey oh!

We’re Not Araid cover “Butterfly” by Ellegarden

We’re Not Afraid are streaming a cover of “Butterfly” by Japanese rock group Ellegarden on their MySpace page.  We don’t know why, but it ain’t half bad.

The band should be releasing their debut full-length here in the states soon.

We’re Not Afraid streaming new songs

We’re Not Afraid are streaming a few more tracks from their recently released (in Japan) full-length on their MySpace page.  The songs are Simon B, Casual Ties and Live It Your Way.  Oh, and there’s also a cover of the Final Fantasy prelude which they did because, in their own words: “we’re nerds”.

4 additional songs from the album can be downloaded for free right here.

We’re Not Afraid debut album in Japan, offering free songs for download to the rest of us

Los Angeles based punk band, We’re Not Afraid have just released their debut, self-titled album…  In Japan.  Not super exciting since I’m not sure how many Dying Scene readers live in Japan.  But wait!  There is some exciting news for the rest of us; 4 of the songs from the album can be downloaded for free right here, and we highly recommend you do so cuz these guys f’ing rock!

Having just discovered them myself 15 minutes ago, I’m not sure how to qualify their sound.  On one song I want to say “metal infused, skate punk”, and on another I want to say “arena rock sounding pop-punk???”… You can download the songs or stream them on MySpace and judge for yourself.