Common Existence (2009) This New Jersey band deserves props for surviving its stint with a major label that never quite knew how to handle their brainy post-hardcore jams.… 2009-02-17 Thursday Rock
Music Review

Common Existence (2009)

EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Feb 17, 2009; Lead Performance: Thursday; Genre: Rock

This New Jersey band deserves props for surviving its stint with a major label that never quite knew how to handle their brainy post-hardcore jams. But throughout Thursday's return to indieland, singer Geoff Rickly and his mates threaten to overdose on their newfound freedom: Common Existence is long on complicated instrumental textures and twisty-turny song structures yet woefully short on the fist-pumping melodies that keep this kind of stuff from sounding like musical math. As a result, tracks such as ''Last Call'' and ''Subway Funeral'' are easier to admire than to enjoy. B–

Download This: Listen to the song ''Friends in the Armed Forces'' on the band's MySpace

Originally posted Feb 11, 2009 Published in issue #1035 Feb 20, 2009 Order article reprints