Dismissed – Taking the Good With the Bad

Taking the Good With the Bad

When I first listened to this CD, I was driving in a car with four friends. We were out filming a documentary called The Sound of Darkness, and we needed something to start us out. Music seems to always be the answer. I put this CD in expecting another crunching guitar fabricating emotional music through another trendy rendition of the ‘new sound.’ Even the band name seemed a little too mundane, but don’t judge a band by the world around them, right?
Taking the Good With the Bad started with “Whales and Robots.” The song’s a voiceless intro about 50 seconds long and employs a great seamless acoustic guitar rhythm. It’s reminiscent of “Everlong” by the Foo Fighters (although the band is nothing like them), just faster, acoustic, a different timing, and (intelligently chosen) different chords. Then two additional guitars come in plucking away. It builds up a few measures and goes straight into their first real song “The Night I Died.” By this song’s end, those of us in the car became quite fond of the band’s flair.
The guitars are blended into the band as a whole, rockin and melodic. They blend the solo-type picking with driving melody to come out with punk/hardcore/metal sound (don’t take the metal thing too seriously – neither the band nor guitars are metal). On second thought, not only are the guitars a highlight of the band, but every part of this band is solid. The songs are dynamic enough to the point that it actually makes sense where they scream and where they break down and sing. The drums accentuate the songs well; they don’t just stick to the same drum pattern and add another smart element to the band. The only instrument that doesn’t really stand out as much as it could is the bass. The bass just follows the guitar in most parts of the songs, and this isn’t a terrible thing, as it still adds the depth the band needs.
The CD ends with its title track, and it really fits the position of such a prominent track too. It’s acoustic with all singing; unconventional to the rest of the album. It includes the momentous line: “Taking the good with the bad, remembering the times we had, I know we can be stronger together.” It’s not the most magnificent and intelligent line ever, but it’s honest and simple, the way life should be.
The band has been around for three years and is developing a post-hardcore sound that is becoming more and more accepted today. They deserve credit for their talent and the praise they get should only intensify and reassure what they are basing their lives on. This is good music, and band like this should at least know that there are kids out there creating documentaries and living their lives listening to it.