Waiting for Autumn – Now I Know Forever

Waiting for Autumn
Now I Know Forever

“Forget Me Not,” “Leaving Me Tonight,” “Tearing Pages,” “Memories of You; ” sometimes song titles like this frustrate me. At other times, however, they seem less cliché and more connecting. What is so wrong, after all, with penning songs about the relationship problems we all face? The reason I have grown to loathe similar song-titles is because they are usually indicative of bland music. But thanks to bands like Minus the Bear, we know not to judge music by song titles. So does Waiting for Autumn deliver? Yeah, more than I thought they would.
“Unexpected” opens the album a little unexpectedly, with a spacey, technical intro instead of the chunky distorted guitar I had prepared my ears to hear. There I go again, using the song title in such a clever way. I swear that was an unexpected accident. On this track I can hear some over-seas influence impressing itself on the band, and I also can now separate them from the TRL-emo bands I had originally had in mind for the RIYL. “The Wait” solidifies this disengagement, as the band expands on their much more mature style incorporating the violin into the repertoire.
“Farewell Goodbye” has no indications of the hardcore moments mentioned in the main-page summary. It’s called “Farewell Goodbye,” but that doesn’t stop it from being a really good slowed-down ballad. The simple drumbeat and almost-droning vocals remind me of Starflyer 59. This track, however, most closely resembles another Christian group: Plankeye, specifically their biggest hit “Goodbye.” It’s a very strong track that holds down the center of the album making sure neither side gets too heavy. “Tearing Pages” shows the hardcore side of the band in all its glory. Late in the track, the vocals explode into a constant scream that plays alongside the regular unchanged vocals. It doesn’t quite work, especially since it’s appearing on the same album as the, much contrasting, “Farewell Goodbye,” as well as the last two similar acoustic tracks. This difference of voice within the band is perhaps why the band has thought about calling it quits, leaving each free to explore their more-suited endeavors.
This is a talented group of performers that is still trying to find their distinctive wave in the sound spectrum. Their goal should be to boil down their group so that all the members can contribute to, and form, a unique voice. In the end, Waiting for Autumn slapped my song-title stereotype around a bit, but they didn’t quite manage to rattle it.