The Almost File:
Reviewed by Cory Clubb
Southern Weather by
"Not since the Foo Fighters has this reviewer heard such an amazing debut from a side band."
I am not really a big fan of band members who branch off into a side band using their original band’s status to promote their new venture. But, then again I have been wrong before. Underoath’s drummer, Aaron Gillespie, has done just that, yet it’s apparent he and his band don’t need any help from Underoath in the popularity department. Gillespie and crew had fans salivating once they heard of the drummer’s rumor of starting up The Almost. And with all the hype surrounding the band’s debut, it’s evident they did not disappoint.
From the takeoff of the first track, “Say It Sooner”, this song expresses how the rest of the album will feel. Of course, the group’s sound is very similar to Gillespie’s counterpart Underoath, but different in their own respects. Instead of scream vocals Gillespie tones it down with a softer side but doesn’t forget about the big bass and ripping guitars, as in the title track “Southern Weather”. Combining those devices with scratchy, yelling vocals, gives the album a raw sound, as if the tunes played are just being laid down. The sound is very interesting to say the least. Having proved their will to rock, The Almost does slow it down on the tracks: “Dirty and Left Out” and “Amazing Because It Is” as the lyrics drip with emotion and vitality. They declare the love of our Savior and His amazing grace. Gillespie’s will to write such heartfelt words drive the artist’s love for his music that it seems he just can’t stop creating.
Not since the Foo
Fighters has this reviewer heard such an amazing debut from a side band.
I just hope Gillespie can handle both tasks of each of
his bands, because if so, we are in for some major ear candy in this band’s
Cory Clubb is author of the novel Saved by Grace and currently working on his first thriller. He holds a degree in Graphic Design and is always seeking to advance his talent as a writer. He is an avid reader, movie buff, and music enthusiast, tools he uses to infuse his imagination. He lives in central Illinois with his wife and three sons. You can find out more about his projects at his blog.