A Hero Falls
Promises To Keep; Miles From Sleep
A Hero Falls have recently released their highly anticipated debut album, Promises To Keep; Miles From Sleep.
The female-fronted quintet, have been performing their post pop-punk act among Michigan’s underground music scene for the last few years. They have a reputation for passionate song writing, catchy, hard driving guitar riffs and classic punk-esque drum beats.
This collection begins with the upbeat, coming of age song Am I ready? The song presents the listener with the topic of dealing with new horizons. A Hero Falls, has always had a way of putting into words the simplicity of significant life events.
Good universal song writing should be able to give the listener the tools to paint their own interpretation of what a song means to them.
Mid-way through the album, the band attempts to stretch their sound musically by introducing a horn section in the track Impressionable Youth. This track might not work for some as it strays from the traditional sound AHF fans have been accustomed to.
Though I do believe the horns are well intentioned, if they are not for you, note that the band returns directly to their root sound with, As Good As It Gets.
This song is the stand out track of the album. With beautifully timed riff progression and breakdowns, the lyrics are timeless and seem to reflect a life of happiness without regret.
A Hero Falls seems determined to leave their mark, all the while embracing their independent status; an idea which resonates in the track Grassroots.
With lyrics like: “Where has the music scene gone to? Looks like everyone’s content with following the crowd and manufactured sound.” the band critiques aspects of popular music without apology.
The album (available on aherofalls.com) includes 14 tracks including the brand new ballad, Stay With Me, as well as acoustic versions of Am I Ready? and Moving On.
THE BOTTOM LINE COMPARISON: If you are a fan of Paramore, check out A Hero Falls.