FROM UNDER THE WILLOW
Produced by a strong studio line-up of Atrium Audio (August Burns Red, Texas in July, This or the Apocalypse) and Ricky Armellino (I, the Breather, Carousel Kings), From Under the Willow is an undeniable mash up of unambiguous one liners, flurried guitar work, sans-tuning triple harmony pop choruses, carefully composed electronics, and a technical heaviness that can only be from the well-known central-PA region. With a seemingly endless bag of techniques, FUTW brings all of the modern flash to the stage without falling prey to the maladies ailing an endless wave of sound-a-likes in the genre, FUTW swaps out the "could be anyone" screams and squashed auto-tune singing to bring an indistinguishable message to each song that could only ever be from FUTW.
What sets From Under the Willow apart from the metal-core pack isn't just careful arrangements and catchy hooks, but a honest, punk ethos that fully alters the style together. Wes Good's vocals are sincere, embodying a brutal honesty rarely found in other lyricists of the genre. FUTW skips the standard "keep the kids happy" lyric sets featuring vague themes of redemption, pursuit of happiness, and heartache and remains unashamed to write about real life circumstances of today's youth. A loved one hides her phone when her ex-boyfriend calls her back before silently acknowledging it a matter better left un-discussed, a young man ruminates over the times he chose to drive under the influence, an erratic boyfriend tells his lover in a moment of honesty that she shouldn't be afraid to risk leaving him. Every track has a realism that, on one hand young and coarse, exhibits a rare wisdom for the heavy music genres.