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Album Review

Seattle's On the Last Day come from the same local scene that spawned fellow Victory Records act Aiden. Not only are the two bands good friends from those early days, they both also look pretty similar in their dark garb, heavy eyeliner usage, and morose faces. So it may come as no shock that the bands also have a relatively similar sound — emphasis on relative, though, since On the Last Day are much more rooted in post-hardcore than their goth-melodic-screamo peers. The band's sonic assault is like an early, more uniform version of Boy Sets Fire; lead singer Geoffrey Walker at times even sounds disturbingly similar to Nathan Gray. These comparisons aside, there's not really much to say about On the Last Day or their Victory debut, Meaning in the Static. Though the pace stays pretty quick, somehow 11 songs in about 40 minutes becomes a bit tedious. There's nothing inherently bad about the music and the band actually comes off as way more likable than initial, superficial opinions may have suggested. The drums propel everything along fiercely as the vocals switch up from quasi-singing to grueling shrieking and requisite heavy breakdowns are thrown in when necessary; the production is also not overly slick, allowing the band's relative grit to shine through. Overall, it's a competent take on post-hardcore that comes in, does its thing, and leaves without really adding much along the way — there's just something missing in Meaning in the Static that ultimately makes it a decent but frustrating record. After all, indifference is not usually what bands aspire to leave their listeners feeling, right?


Formed: 2003 in Seattle, WA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Eyeliner-friendly post-hardcore act On the Last Day materialized in Seattle, WA, around drummer Drew Dowell and brothers Aaron (bass) and Justin Johnson (guitar). Still in high school, the three were already playing together in a band when, just as their singer was exiting, vocalist-to-be Geoffrey Walker was relocating from Vermont to Washington. The guys crossed paths in 2003 and two practices later, On the Last Day were officially born; second guitarist Frank Gross joined up a year later. On the...
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