One of the questions I get asked often about my writing, is why do I cover the artists that I do? Well it’s simple, I believe in them. They deserve the exposure. We all know that bands like Neck Deep, Boston Manor, 1975, and others are going to get coverage. So why write about them? What about the local that sells 55 tickets for a show, or the local that sells out venues, or the unsigned band that tours 150 days a year? Those are the bands I love, those are the bands I write about. So how does this tie in to What If When We Die, We Scatter? Well, they are a local unsigned band that has a sound that can appeal to the masses if given a shot. And I for one believe in them.
Let’s go ahead and get this out of the way. The name, What If When We Die, We Scatter? Holy Cow!!!! I love it!!!!! It’s so early 2000s emo, and it makes this writer super happy. The band itself is a 4-piece rock band from southeastern Ohio. Act 1 is their debut release, and if it’s any indication, this band is on to something amazing.
One thing I like to do with albums is let the music just take me away on an adventure. I like to get lost in the music, so to speak. When I listen to this album, it takes me on a late-night Friday riding around the city looking for life to waking up Sunday morning in the country with the sun shining bright on me. And the long ride back home after a weekend adventure. It’s such a fun album. Fans of Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, Brand New, and 90s college rock should eat this release up.
The EP starts with the track, “The Placebo Effect (A Degree of Being). I really like this track, because it shows you two sides of the band right away. The first minute and a half is really soothing and welcoming and then it picks up and it’s all in your face. “Hurricane, and The Rest of My Life” is where we first get a glimpse of the Sonic Youth feel. It mainly comes in the male/female co-vocals. This is what I imagine Sonic Youth sounded like back when they were still a local band in NYC. “The Patient” is the track that most reminds me of Brand New. From the vocals to the instrumentation, it’s uncanny. And I honestly love it. Brand New was a band I loved at one point. So, If I can get that sound elsewhere, I’m okay with that. Another standout track is the closer, “The World.” Much like the opener, we get to witness two sides of the band. The aspect that really sticks out here is the buildup in this song. It is a thing of beauty. This track also has an early post-hardcore feel at times, and that alone makes me beyond happy, as I’m always looking for bands with that sound.
Overall this EP is very pleasing. I like that it’s a little all over the place at times, but that adds to the appeal. I look forward to where this band goes, as they have the tools to go far. Only time will tell.