steering clear of the mainstream
since 2001

june 2010

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info opinion


"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.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 6 tracks, distributed by the band, released 2004]