"We Exist" CDEP
Genres: alternative rock, indie rock, indie pop
June 6 - 12 2005
"Lost My Way" and "All That Was Left Were Ashes"
are two of the catchiest alternative rock songs I've heard. This
band, a trio of musicians from Philadelphia, performs mainstream-oriented
rock/pop songs heavy on electronic elements. The We Exist
EP has some exceptional moments on it, but it also reminds the
listener that RAFTH is a new band, and they still have to
perfect their craft to get rid of their blander songs. Opener
"Wake Up, Wake Up," for example, goes for a dreamy, lush
effect but just turns out drab. "We Are," meanwhile,
suffers from a lack of a good chorus. "Lost My Way"
excels due to an immediately infectious melody, and the sad
"All That Was Left Were Ashes" is a perfect slow song with a
deceptively diverse song structure. "Antarctica" is
the record's anomaly; it closes the EP off in a dark, mechanical
electro vein, shedding the rock foundations the band spends the rest
of the disc establishing. Overall, this diverse EP speaks
volumes for RAFTH's ability to write strong, likable music -
they just need to isolate and refine their better songs.
6 tracks, distributed by the
band, released 2004]