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Reservoir (emo) stream new song “A Cadence in Dissonant Threes” off upcoming LP “Mirage Sower”

Pennsylvania emo band Reservoir are streaming a brand new single from their upcoming LP, Mirage Sower. The track is called, “A Cadence in Dissonant Threes”, and is an example of exemplified emotional downfall and gloom along with feelings of hopelessness and hardship.

Drummer Steven Sensenig explains:

This song is about a tough time in my life. We have been there. Those few years where everything feels like it’s changing and you have no control over it. No matter how hard you try, nothing stays the same anymore. I noticed the first hair on my chest when I was in fifth grade in Ms. Polecky’s classroom at Westmount High. I had worn a deep v neck that day so I could feel the welcoming autumn breeze against my bare chest on my short walk to school. It was one of the few moments in the day where I truly felt at peace. Damn, I’m going to miss those walks now. My friend Toby and I were working on a social studies project when I caught him glancing at my chest rather awkwardly. I looked down at myself and saw one little strand of hair right in the center of my nipples. My mind began racing. I knew it was over. I would never be able to wear v necks again. Those walks to school wouldn’t be so peaceful anymore now that I would have to share them with my newly unwelcome pubic hair. I looked at Toby and shouted, voice cracking like the strike of lightning off the tin mans pointed, rusty nose, ‘LEAVE ME ALONE!’ I was now a man.

You can stream the new track below.

Mirage Sower will serve as a follow-up to 2014’s, Circurina Vol.1 EP. 

EP Review: Reservoir – “Cicurina Vol.1”

Reservoir have been one of the under-the-radar bands that have contributed to the so-called emo revival. They haven’t shouted as much as other bands but subtly, they’ve done their part and worn it well. I Heard You As I Walked Away in the summer of 2013 was a prime example of why you should have taken note of them. Now, with just four songs, Cicurina Vol. 1 EP acts as a gentle reminder as to why these guys are worth the hype.

Without spoiling too much, tracks like “Breathe Disaster” and “Waves Erase” both play in the sandbox of emo-driven post-hardcore akin to Sunny Day Real Estate, Christie Front Drive and most recognizably, Mineral. Tight, snappy, guitar-driven yet atmospheric when need be. Reservoir’s range is so vast and full of depth that it even touches on contemporary notes along the lines of Prawn, Pompeii and Gates. Distorted yet filled with intense storytelling.

The drama and tension have shifted though as they lose more of their sludgy sound and lighten things up quite a bit. Twinkly but focused. Lois Shupp complements with back-up vocals here as well and she helps frame things much better. As a snapshot of where they are now, as opposed to where they were in the past, let’s just say the maturity and experience seem to be even more profound for a band that’s always been just that. All in all, this EP is full of promise and never fails to deliver. If you’ve been a fan of them from the old days, you won’t be surprised. If you’re now jumping in, your mind’s blown and I’m sure you’re hunting their past music.

4/5 Stars

EP Review: Reservoir – “Cicurina Vol. 1”

Reservoir are a band who wear their influences right out on their sleeve. Like right out there.  They dig the older emo stuff and aren’t afraid to show it. This is quite apparent on the latest release from the Pennsylvanian 4 piece which is an EP titled Cicurina Vol.1. It’s available as a single sided 12” or digital download through Glory Kid Records. You get 4 tracks for your money and they range from 4-6 minutes long so this is a solid piece of work.

The blurb which accompanies this release references early 90’s emo bands and post-rock giants Explosions in the Sky as ingredients in the mix for what band has cooked up and yeah… that’s a good summary. To my ears this band is on a road well travelled and worn by the likes of Appleseed Cast, Pedro The Lion, Balance and Composure, Jimmy Eat World, Moneen, and a dozen more you’ll think of for yourself as you listen to it.

Here’s the interesting thing though… it’s great. No really, it’s actually quite enjoyable, oddly familiar and nostalgic (if you’re old enough!) and above all: well executed. You could fool someone to think this is a Deep Elm release from like 15 years ago. Easily.

The opening track “Breathe Disaster” starts with some pretty nice jangly chords and understated picking which leaves most of the energy to come from the drums playing at full volume and a nice solid bass line that cuts through the mix to do the rest of the work introducing the melody. It’s a formula which legendary post-rock/emo outfit Appleseed Cats popularised in the early 00’s. Vocals are minimal at first with just a few lines here and there, not too prominent and more of an element than a feature for this track..that is until the mid section. As the song develops (over 6 minutes) the dynamics build and shift to a colourful and emotive crescendo not unlike what Balance and Composure are known for. There’s some stop-start moments leading into a great big instrumental section and when the track comes to a close there’s about minute of these beautiful soft guitar swells, dripping with reverb finding an ambient transition into the next song. So good.

As a reviewer it’s probably poor taste to reference so many other artists when it’s supposed to be a write up about Reservoir but I simply cant avoid the numerous similarities and the pure fun of what they have created here! The material has enough replay value to bring listeners back for another spin and with each turn something new stands out that went unnoticed previously. There’s layers to this beyond the immediate novelty and appeal of a new-band-that-sounds-old which will reward the keen ear.

Definitely, definitely check this out!!

4 /5

Reservoir (emo) stream new EP “Cicurina Vol. 1”

Pennsylvania emo act Reservoir are streaming their new EP Cicurina Vol. 1 in it’s entirety.  The EP will not be released until tomorrow, but you can give it a listen here.

Cicurina Vol. 1. follows up the bands’ 2013 album I Heard You As I Walked Away.

Reservoir announce January tour

Pennsylvania emo act Reservoir have just announced a tour through the East Coast to support the release of their upcoming EP Cicurina Vol. 1. You can check out when they’re coming to your neck of the woods on the flyer above.

Cicurina Vol. 1 is scheduled for release on January 7th, 2015 via Glory Kid Records. The EP follows up their 2013 album I Heard You As I Walked Away.

Reservoir (emo) stream new song “Waves Erase” from upcoming EP

Pennsylvania emo act Reservoir have premiered a brand new song called “Waves Erase” from their upcoming EP Cicurina Vol. 1. You can give it a listen here.

Cicurina Vol. 1 is scheduled for release on January 7th, 2015 via Glory Kid Records. The EP follows up their 2013 album I Heard You As I Walked Away.

Reservoir stream upcoming EP “I Heard You As I Walked Away”

Pennsylvania based band, Reservoir, are streaming their upcoming EP “I Heard You As I Walked Away” in its entirety.

You can listen to it here.

The EP will be released on July 23, 2013.

Reservoir stream split 7-inch with Bicycle Ride

Pennsylvania Emo band, Reservoir, will be releasing a Split 7″ with Bicycle Ride (MA) in July through Rhode Island-based label, Splintered Vision Records. The record follows the bands October 7″, “Into Endings“.

The split is currently streaming in its entirety here and pre-orders have been made available through the label’s webstore. The first 100 pre-orders will receive a limited edition surprise color vinyl.

Reservoir will be touring this summer in support of the release along with Heavy Breath and Caseracer. Check out the bands tumblr page for touring updates.

Reservoir streams “Into Endings” album, announces tours with Heavy Breath and Caseracer

Pennsylvania’s Reservoir have launched a full stream of their October 7-inch “Into Endings” on their bandcamp page. The band will be supporting the release this spring and summer with a slew of dates throughout the northeast and east coast.

Also, in celebration of their one year anniversary, reservoir are offering 10% off everything in their online store until February 10th with use of the coupon code GROUNDHOG. Tour dates can be found here.

Album Review: Reservoir – “IntoEndings 7-inch”

Pennsylvania post-hardcore outfit Reservoir have a new EP out for the second time this year. “IntoEndings” follows January’s “Demo,” a four-song effort that had good bones but suffered from the band trying to meld too many styles without really refining or building off of any one of them. Classic ‘young band’ syndrome, I suppose.

Apparently, Reservoir have aged quite well this year, because “IntoEndings” finds the band really fine-tuning their melodic post-hardcore skills. This is exactly why I’ve always thought it was a great move for younger bands to put out EPs over their first few years rather than trying to jump in with both feet to recording a full length when they haven’t quite found their niche yet. The three songs on this 7-inch (though, is it really a 7-inch when you get the digital version?) are much more focused, evidence that less is often times more. The title track features dueling guitars (one chunky and distorted, one cleaner and more melodic) and dueling vocals that quite often share the same characteristics as the dichotomous guitar sounds. It sounds not unlike recent releases from the likes of Luther or Banquets, run through a Fugazi filter.

Comparisons have been made to the likes of Small Brown Bike, and I’d say that’s pretty accurate on this new release (though I still maintain that the more guttural singer bares more than a passing vocal resemblance to early Al Barr). The riffs aren’t catchy or poppy really, but are very tight and high-energy, eagerly following the pace set by drummer Steven Sensenig. I don’t recall the rhythm section being a weakness on “Demo,” but I feel like Sensenig especially has elevated his game. Having a stable, rhythm section to provide a technical backbone is so vital (and so often overlooked) when you’ve got singers and guitar players that aren’t afraid to take chances with a song’s more melodic areas.

Reservoir have really hit on a sound that should serve them well going forward. Perhaps more care can be taken to stabilize the vocals (there is some wavering at times when they try to hold some of the longer notes, which could probably be cleared up with another take or two in the vocal booth), but that’s the only real criticism I’ve got this time around.

Reservoir releasing new 7-inch “Into Endings”, stream title track, announce tour dates

Pennsylvania’s Reservoir will be releasing a new 7-inch titled “Into Endings” on October 21st and you can stream the title track from the 3 song release right here.

You can also download the band’s demo for free here.

To follow up the vinyl release of “Into Endings,” Reservoir is hitting the road.  Check out the dates and locations here.

Album Review: Reservoir – “Demo”

Pennsylvania-based unsigned four-piece Reservoir released their debut EP, entitled “Demo,” last month. The album consists of four tracks of metal-inspired, melodic post-hardcore in the same vain as Small Brown Bike or early Avail. Dueling vocalists alternate turns singing and growling. Both vocalists have decent enough singing voices, though the main “singer” doesn’t use it as much as he should for my liking – his ‘shouting’ voice isn’t nearly as strong. The “shouter” has a sound that is not unlike early, Bruisers-era Al Barr. As for the individual tracks:

“Forging” – could do without the “microphone at the end of the hall” vocals in the intro, but that quickly goes away.  Dueling growlers singing “we’re looking for romance” reeks of unintentional comedy. This song definitely grew on me.

“Gone” – fairly catchy song, though it sounds like the band couldn’t determine if they wanted to focus on the singing or the shouting in this one, and perhaps would have been better served to stick with one rather than the other.

“Still” – a little more singing in the verses than in the album’s other tracks, which is a good thing. Musically it changes sounds a few time, which comes off a little sloppy in the pre-chorus (musically that is the only real misstep), but the main riffs are tight. A well-crafted song that highlights all of the strengths of the band. With a little polish, this song could really shine. A glimpse of things to come from Reservoir, I’d hope.

“Too Blind To See” – probably the musical high-water mark of the album. Suffers from the choice to opt for growling rather than singing in the first verse primarily, though this switches for later verses. (is the whole singing vs. growling thing making me sound old or what?).

Musically, the album is pretty solid, though if it suffers from anything it is from that which a lot of younger bands suffer from on early releases: trying to meld too many styles and influences into one song. This album has grown on me a lot since I first listened to it, and while it still isn’t my favorite, it shows that Reservoir know what they are doing, and if they can focus their sound a little, expect big things from them going forward.

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