Eleven Minutes Away – Arson Followed Me Home

Eleven Minutes Away
Arson Followed Me Home

Arson Followed Me Home is the latest addition to the emocore category, which is essentially pop-punk with heavy elements. Describing this band is going to be relatively cut-and-paste, as these guys are practically a carbon copy of Boys Night Out. This is pop-punk on steroids, injected with hardcore screaming, and all served in a melodic manner like their Canadian counterparts. The resemblances to Boys Night Out benefit Eleven Minutes Away, because Make Yourself Sick is a solid collection of screamo, and this debut follows in its footsteps.

“Athrophy Acetylene” is the bellowing opener that drives home the band’s hardcore influence the hardest. The track busts open with beating drums and a metallic lead guitar hook. The jumpy notes ascend higher and higher, adding melody to the heavy background. There’s both singing and screaming on the track, and like the majority of songs, this one contains both. Unlike the more uneven vocals of Boys Night Out, these guys sing flawlessly. The vocal harmonies couldn’t sound any more pleasant, like when they’re in front of a clean guitar backdrop (“Purpose is Distraction”). The vocals are contributed by all but one member of the quartet, drummer Steve Valentini.

While the CD has plenty of screaming fare, it doesn’t quite dominate the entire disc. Constant mood swings throughout the album bring welcome shifts in dynamic. The two really short songs, “Purpose is Distraction” and “I Am Tragedy,” are completely sung and are still memorable. “Danger Inc.” stomps open in Every Time I Die fashion, just some straight up Southern fried ‘core. Within 30 seconds, pop-punk vocals completely redirect the song into an enormously catchy one. Eleven Minutes Away further avoid one-trick pony status with the last two songs, “Alias: Grace,” and “Drilling Holes in His Head is Not the Answer.” These songs concentrate on singing, with sparse screaming, and succeed through a cathartic tone.

Every song on this CD is extremely catchy, but you may skip tracks depending on your mood (hard songs in the beginning, soft ones near the end). All of these songs would make strong singles, as they all display the band’s impressive musical talent. This is my first exposure to Eleven Minutes Away, and it’s not only a promising debut, it’s one that I will play frequently. If you’re a devout fan of Boys Night Out or The Sleeping, this one’s a sure shot.