THE DESTRUCTION OF EVERYTHING IS THE BEGINNING OF SOMETHING NEW
St. Louis quintet Adair play the perfect music to compliment the likes of Thrice, Atreyu, and Story of the Year, which is probably why they were selected for a go-round on this year’s Taste of Chaos jaunt. The unit’s 13-track offering, heavily (in a good way) produced by Allan Hessler (The Used, Goldfinger, Story of the Year) displays many different sides of the band, from the introspectively progressive vibe of Coheed and Cambria on “The Diamond Ring” to occupying the melancholically metallic zone usually reserved for Thrice on “The Art of Staying Alive”. Exuding the kind of vocal angst usually earmarked for emo and armed with uncannily boundless and genuinely intriguing twin guitar attack, tracks like “Folding and Unfolding” mesh the heart on your sleeve feel of Thursday with the pop-punk jangle of Anberlin while the staccato sadness of “I Buried My Heart in Cosmo Park” juxtaposes Glassjaw’s writhing pain with The Used’s histrionic approach. Brimming over with brawny riffs, sensitive lyrics, crashing rhythms, and slightly annoying vocals to anyone that hates high-pitched male singing, there’s a good chance that if you denounce bands that exhibit their intimate side, you’ll hate this. However, if you’re a sucker for heartbreak and like your music doused with passionate vocals and rollercoaster-esque compositions, while Adair blows Story of the Year away, they’ll need a few more albums to catch up to Thrice to be considered top flight.