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Album Review

Cleveland, OH's Brandtson (pronounced "bran-son") has produced a tough set of stripped-down post-hardcore on their debut album, Letterbox. Touches of discordant beauty give tracks like "Strand" a haunting depth of emotion, while locomotive rockers like "Round 13" may even appease headbangers. Over a churning mid-tempo morass of guitars, the band's lead vocals (provided both by guitarist Myk Porter and drummer Jared Jolley) just barely peek out of the mix, aptly reflecting the recurrent lyrical themes of personal struggle and dissatisfaction. Meanwhile, Brandtson's basement-damp, lo-fi sonics will endear them to emocore purists, while their grasp of melody and occasional harmonic sweetness makes possible a certain amount of crossover appeal. A promising introduction.


Formed: 1996 in Cleveland, OH

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Cleveland emo quartet Brandtson was originally comprised of singer/guitarist Myk Porter, guitarist Matt Traxler, bassist John Sayre, and singer/drummer Jared Jolley. After appearing on Steadfast Records' Radiowaves and Gibberish various-artists compilation in 1997, the group signed with Deep Elm, contributing to the label samplers Records for the Working Class and A Million Miles Away: Emo Diaries, Vol. 2 before closing out 1998 with their debut full-length, Letterbox. The second Brandtson LP, Fallen...
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