The Mold

Tomorrow's Cry

Cal Rock, 2001

http://www.myspace.com/tomorrowscry

REVIEW BY: Cory Galliher

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED: 01/23/2008

I'll admit it, I've got a soft spot for grunge. It's one of those genres that always seems to work for me, sort of like polka or yodeling.

When I popped in Tomorrow's Cry's latest album The Mold and was assaulted with dirty garage rock, then, it's easy to say that it was a wondrous moment in my life. I think I shed a tear or two.

As the album progressed, I found myself impressed with the quality of the music. Tomorrow's Cry has a sound that harkens back to the grunge bands of the 90s and it's something that definitely works out for them. Guitarist Jamie Stephens plays his instrument instead of gently stroking it, bassist Nick Bohun and drummer Ronnie Feroz destroy listeners' eardrums instead of massaging them, and vocalist Chris Fox keeps out of the way of the instruments for the most part while not embarrassing himself with excessive screaming. In other words, they avoid many of the traps that most modern rock bands fall into.my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250

Tomorrow's Cry is at its best when at its hardest; in particular, the tracks “Light Years,” “The Fallen Ones,,“Sunny Day L.A.” and “Myself In and Out” are aural assaults that demand respect. On the flipside, slower, more melodic tracks like “Another Daze” don't work out so well; lyrics aren't this band's strong point, and slower tracks highlight this deficiency. There's nothing wrong with emo music, but some bands can pull it off and some cannot, and Tomorrow's Cry is definitely in the latter category.

Fortunately, the majority of the album is old-fashioned rock and roll that does a great job keeping the listener focused on the music instead of the whining. Highlights on the album include the previously-mentioned hard tracks. In particular, the album opens with a bang in the form of “Light Years,” an awesome track that sounds so 90s it almost hurts. Tomorrow's Cry puts its best foot forward with this track, and only stumbles once or twice throughout the rest of the album; this is a pretty impressive feat for a lesser-known group.

Tomorrow's Cry is definitely a band to watch out for, though at the moment they seem to be most well-known in their home area of Los Angeles. If they stick to rock and stay away from emo -- play to their strengths, in other words – the band should be able to accomplish great things. That, or continue making enjoyable albums like The Mold.

Rating: B

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