Movements – Feel Something
I will be the first to admit that there are times that I miss out on bands or as the kids today say, “sleep on.” Up until a few months ago one band I was “sleeping on” was the post-hardcore band Movements. For one reason or another I just had not listened to them, this despite hearing good things about them. Once, while hanging with a friend they came up and we started to chat about them, so I promised her I would listen to them that night once I got home. That night I did just that and I liked what I heard. And to make things better just a few days after I finally listened to them they announced their new album. YES!!!! Perfect timing.
About a month later, Feel Something was released on Fearless Records. My first thought was this is good. That was at 3 in the morning after a long day. Over the next few days I attempted to listen a few more times and I just could not get into this release. Everyone around me could not stop talking about this amazing release. And then there was me. My feelings on it were blah, I felt nothing. About a month after it was released I finally found a song I liked, one that I could relate to. One that made me Feel Something.
A few days later I saw them live and they opened with the song that I liked, and it was nothing but happiness after that. (You can read my review of the Knuckle Puck show here on Tuned Up) It took me hearing the new songs live to finally appreciate this amazing album.
Sometimes it takes time for me to digest an album. I feel that one needs to do that at times to fully grasp it. This was one of those albums. And I’m glad that I took my time with this one as it is one of the better albums to be released in 2017.
The album opens with “Full Circle”. This is one of my favorite tracks on the album. It has a Have Mercy meets Souvenirs feel to it. This is one of the tracks that shows the strong lyrical content of the album. The chorus goes,
“It comes in waves and I’m pulled below. It’s not subjective, it’s clinical. Drown myself in the undertow of all my imbalanced chemicals. And this cycle comes full circle. This cycle comes full circle again.”
There are not too many bands today that writes like that. Patrick Miranda has a very unique way of using words, very poetic, which makes up another element to Movements, Patrick’s spoken word parts. “Full Circle” has a very nice spoken word moment at the end. The track I was talking about above, the one that I first liked on the album is “Colorblind.” What originally got me hooked on this song was the chorus, “save yourself, I’m not worth the time. This failure is built deep in my design. Is there something wrong with me? This doubt is deafening. Cause you were gold and I’m colorblind.” This is a feeling most of us have probably felt at some point in our lives. The next track, “Daylily” is another heavy hitter. It’s about a recovering addict and how they deal with it afterwards. It’s songs like this and “Full Circle” that help make this such a personable album. It makes it easier to connect with bands when they write about certain topics, real topics. Things that we encounter in our lives. Another song that hits home is “Deadly Dull.” It’s the story of a man and his wife both dying of Alzheimer’s. This one is a tearjerker. It’ll get the waterworks flowing. “What’s it like to be erased every time you fall asleep? Waking up as a clean slate without a sense of reality? And will I end up the same way when I grow old and turn to grey? As time leaves me behind to fade away, away,” has to be one of the realest lyrics I’ve heard in a while. And that song just took on a new meaning for me personally, as I found out last Friday that my grandmother has Alzheimer’s.
If you like your music full of personal lyrics, then this is for you. If you need to feel, this is for you. I’m glad that I stuck with this album, as I have needed an album like this.