764-Hero – Nobody Knows This is Everywhere

764-Hero
Nobody Knows This is Everywhere

The last 764-Hero album, Weekends of Sound, was amazing. As soon as I heard 764-Hero with Modest Mouse I fell in love with them. When the LP, Whenever You See Fit , came out, I played it over and over for months. With so much to live up too, a new and borrowed bassist, and nine tracks that come off beautifully live, 764-Hero spurt forth Nobody Knows This is Everywhere. The LP version is a 2X’er that features an extra track the CD doesn’t have. I didn’t get that record, but it is said that this is 764-Hero’s more polished recording to date. With that comment I would have to agree.

While Nobody Knows This is Everywhere is still featuring front man John Atkins’ charm, it seems it has come a long way from 1995’s sound when the band formed as a two-piece. “Photographic Evidence” is my favorite of the CD. I would feel confident saying that anyone who could find this song for download or on college radio would experience 764-Hero. As some previous recordings, this as well was recorded by Phil Ek (Modest Mouse and Built To Spill), which may explain some of the resemblances. I tried to pinpoint a song to make my point, but really it is all tracks on the disc.

It is hard to figure out whether I’ve frequented too many great 764-Hero shows and put this band into my “best when live” file or simply that this CD is too polished and different for me to grasp as a favorite. Somehow it leaves me disappointed. If I were to never have heard this band before would I love this CD for lack of ability to compare or would I still think of it as less then perfect? I can’t put my finger on answers to these questions. What I can do is promise that this is a quality CD and any person would be lucky to own it. I have been putting off reviewing it for a few weeks in order to listen for chances it may grow on me or I might figure out what it is that perturbs me about it. It did grow on me from its first listen.

Regardless of previous notes, this is a finely crafted mix of original pop indie-rock full of hooks, great guitar, and drumming and of course unforgettable vocalizing. The album has soaring slow songs whispering pianoed emotions and lighter guitar riffs yet plenty of rock and signature lyrics such as “I can remember you over looking sky lights for a change” delivered next to break-downs both in arrangement as well as emotion. There are not catchy pop tunes repeating over and sticking to your brain but instead more intelligent and interchanging characteristics that stay with you just the same. Nobody Knows This Is Everywhere is a classic and best of for the year 2002 much as previous wailing’s from 764-Hero have been. If you don’t like it or you’re not sure, pick up a ticket to their next show.