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mewithoutYou

 
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Run for Cover • 2018

Run for Cover • 2018

An encyclopedia is often required to unpack mewithoutYou, and the Philadelphia-based hardcore band’s dense new album, [Untitled], is no exception. While the band has explored a gamut of genres over their nearly two decade existence, they’ve returned to a harder sound reminiscent of their debut album, [A → B] Life. As always, lead singer Aaron Weiss spins and unravels poetic, thoughtful lyrics that innerweave religion and philosophy. On standout track “Julia (or, ‘Holy to the LORD’ on the Bells of Horses),” the band rips through a hazy riff while Weiss contemplates 13th-century philosopher Rumi (“Out of beyond ideas of right and wrong is a field / Will you meet me there?”) and George Orwell’s 1984 (“‘Send a couple rats,’ said Julia / I’d have done the same thing to you.”). Spoken word verses blend with screams and yelps while Weiss grapples with Christian, Jewish, and Muslim ideologies, always searching for a higher truth. It’s heavy stuff, but worth the exploration.

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