What To Do When You Are Dead





OK, first I must set the record straight: Armor For Sleep is a rock & roll band. Take that whole emo connotation you may have in the back of your mind and flush it down the toilet. In fact, let me start with a small confession. I don't like emo. With that information you might assume that I would turn my nose up at a band like Armor For Sleep, with their ties to the post-hardcore scene. Well, after giving their new album What To Do When You Are Dead a few good listens, I am addicted. Now, this addiction is not to the genre per say, as Armor For Sleep does not fit that mold. In fact, this rock band from New Jersey really can't be pegged into one genre or another. The one thing you can say is that they write some damn good songs. The new record is their pseudo-concept album about returning from the afterlife, taking musical tips more from prog-rock than punk. There is still plenty of post-hardcore in their sound, but the musicianship and intelligent songwriting catapults this band out of the "screamo" stereotype and into a league of their own. The record opens up with "Car Underwater", filled with big guitar riffs, perfect harmonies, and a catchy-as-hell chorus. Armor For Sleep shines on tracks like "Basement Ghost Singing", showcasing frontman Ben Jorgensen's vocals, keen sense of melody and the courage to experiment musically. This experimentation surfaces in the form of bits of electronic beats and keyboards, which also appear on "A Quick Little Fight". There are plenty of straight up rock tracks like "Remember To Feel Real" to get the kids' fists in the air, but Armor For Sleep is more than that. They have plenty to offer for fans of all types of rock, and that appeal is what sets this band apart from the rest.

Armor For Sleep
Equal Vision

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What To Do When You Are Dead