Album: Everything Between Paint And A wall
Genre: Emo; Indie rock
Label: Six Pine Records
Grandview hails from Burlington, Massachusetts and plays their own take on the emo/indie genre that’s been resonating with many as of late. But don’t let that lead you into writing this quintet off as followers catching up on the buzz, but instead, one of the latest newcomers to a movement that will likely be remembered in the history of this genre. Their full-length, Everything Between Paint and a Wall, is quite the listen for plenty of reasons.
Is it a bit of a stretch for the band to have named the opening and closing tracks “Paint” and “Wall”? Regardless of how you or I may feel about the names of these, both tracks have just the right fit with their placement that this could at least be half-justified. Things just build up and flow from the general theme brought out on the first track of the album– and that’s heartbreak, plain and simple. This does eventually branch out and progress into more, such as loss (“Sitting on Gold (The Latter)”), self-loathing (“To the Sun”), and eventually, the realization of the need to move on (“Wall”).
Everything Between Paint and a Wall is simply chock full of nuances that would be missed through passive playthroughs, meaning that it’s easy to allow the record to just pass you by due to the overall calm tone of it all. But that’s just the nature of the emo genre; if the mix is quiet across the board, it might take some effort to work through. To some, that’s a bad thing, but I see it as a rather rewarding process. It’s during those listens that some of the lines that are delivered through the slightest nudges can be received with the prolonged effects of a violent shove, and it’s those listens that contribute heavily to the replay value of the album.
Before this is considered a “negative review,” do know that this is far from it. There’s a lot to be taken from this album for not only aspiring artists, but underground junkies who are looking for the next big thing and casual fans of the genre alike. This is one album that could either be a major hit or a major miss because of how the themes are spoken out through so many gloomy subtleties, and that’s what could make this memorable, if not in a way that affects the masses, but listeners on an individual level.
Review written by: Adrian Garza (follow him on Twitter)