"In Currents" by The Early November on iTunes

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EDITORS’ NOTES

In Currents is The Early November’s first project in six years. Lead singer/songwriter Ace Enders and his bandmates seem rejuvenated after their hiatus, dishing out their tuneful emo-punk with the same tormented vigor of their early releases. The quintet’s obsession with romantic disappointment is present, along with hints of a newfound maturity. Enders remains adept at shifting from caressing murmurs to syllable-spitting yelps, capturing the volatile mix of tenderness and rage that seethes in his lyrics. “Frayed in Doubt” (defined by Bill Lugg’s slicing guitar riffs), “Wearing a Tie” (melodic but spiky, with a jazz twist) and “Close to You” (a surging, radio-friendly number) are at once pain-wracked and aggressive in feel. Cutting even closer to the bone are downbeat ballads like “Call Off the Bells,” “The Smell of This Place," and especially “Stain on the Carpet”; these songs let Enders ruminate over his bruised emotions in exquisite detail. In Currents is the work of a band grown older and wiser, yet still infused with plenty of adolescent angst and energy.

EDITORS’ NOTES

In Currents is The Early November’s first project in six years. Lead singer/songwriter Ace Enders and his bandmates seem rejuvenated after their hiatus, dishing out their tuneful emo-punk with the same tormented vigor of their early releases. The quintet’s obsession with romantic disappointment is present, along with hints of a newfound maturity. Enders remains adept at shifting from caressing murmurs to syllable-spitting yelps, capturing the volatile mix of tenderness and rage that seethes in his lyrics. “Frayed in Doubt” (defined by Bill Lugg’s slicing guitar riffs), “Wearing a Tie” (melodic but spiky, with a jazz twist) and “Close to You” (a surging, radio-friendly number) are at once pain-wracked and aggressive in feel. Cutting even closer to the bone are downbeat ballads like “Call Off the Bells,” “The Smell of This Place," and especially “Stain on the Carpet”; these songs let Enders ruminate over his bruised emotions in exquisite detail. In Currents is the work of a band grown older and wiser, yet still infused with plenty of adolescent angst and energy.

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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5

250 Ratings

SO GOOD

musicwithak,

this is my favorite record of the year so far! not nostalgic, but fresh and very very ambitious! great songwriting, and more importantly: GREAT SONGS! buy it, download it, burn it, JUST GET IT. well done, TEN!

TEN IS BACK!!!!

TheOriginalSantaClaus,

I've been a TEN fan since the room's too cold and been following them and ace and all his projects since. TEN and Ace have always been my most meaningful source of music in my life. This new album really is the perfect sum of everything The Early November has done including all of Ace's side projects and the music he has put out. Lyrically, so honest (like everything Ace has ever written) but so timeless. It's early to call this, but I know this is one of those albums I'll be getting more and more out of for years and years like the triple disc and many of ace's solo albums. Vocally Ace is on fire too. So dynamic though. Not just huge all over the place. Guitar tones are so perfect. I love how he incorporated those ambient really reverby guitar tracks in the background of many tracks like he's done in a lot of his solo stuff too. It really adds to the songs. I've never really had a favorite early november song, I think the album's just flow perfectly, but if I had to call out some from the album, "tell my why" has one of the best choruses I've ever heard. I've belted this out my car with the windows down on the freeway a good 10 time by now. "smell of this place" is vocally insane. Ace uses his jazzyish voice like on gold rush and it's so perfect over the rest of the song. "call off the bells" lyrically is one of the most passionate songs I've ever heard. Dang it. So is everything else.I don't feel worth reviewing this! I thought I'd give it a try, I already feel like I didn't give it justice though. Just listen to it!

About The Early November

The members of the Early November were young enough to have grown up with the Drive-Thru Records sound, a formula that incorporated sensitive emo, pop, and punk revivalist amalgams with a bit of post-hardcore grit. The band first emerged in 2000, fighting to secure shows in their busy South Jersey scene while hoping to land a deal with Drive-Thru. By 2002, they succeeded when label figureheads Richard and Stefanie Reines signed vocalist/guitarist "Ace" (Arthur) Enders, bassist Sergio Anello, drummer Jeff Kummer, and guitarist Joseph Marro on the strengths of their demo and solid buzz. They made their label debut with the For All of This EP later that year. Promising appearances on the Warped Tour's Drive-Thru stage that summer spread the word, and by late 2003 the band's full-length debut, Room's Too Cold, was released.

It was a particularly lush take on the Drive-Thru sound, with strings and ballads and a focus on the rich vocal presence of Enders. The band toured extensively behind the record; Enders later issued the first effort from his solo project I Can Make a Mess Like Nobody's Business in late 2004 and briefly toured behind the disc. Enders then turned back to the Early November, and writing began that summer for their follow-up sophomore release. Recording commenced in February 2005 with a fifth member on board, guitarist Bill Lugg. The band also released a summer split EP with I Am the Avalanche, Vinnie Caruana's post-Movielife project. The resulting The Mother, the Mechanic, and the Path was eventually issued in July 2006 as an ambitious triple album. Boasting a rock-oriented disc ("The Mechanic"), a more mellow, stripped-down disc ("The Mother"), and a third character-based soundtrack with dialogue to intermingle among the first two ("The Path"), the album debuted at number 31 on the Billboard Top 200. Various rounds of touring followed. In March 2007, however, the bandmembers announced their plans to go on an indefinite hiatus after the completion of scheduled dates that year.

Following a four-year hiatus, the Early November reunited for a show in Philadelphia in late 2011. Additional shows were soon added and the bandmembers revealed they had signed with Rise Records to record their first album since 2006. Despite the time off, the band's third album, In Currents, fared well, reaching number 43 on the Top 200 and number six on the Independent Albums chart upon its 2012 release. Their fourth album, Imbue, arrived in the spring of 2015 and was once again produced by Enders. The Early November's next release was in the form of a career-spanning retrospective called Fifteen Years. Released in early 2017 by Bad Timing Records, the album featured new acoustic recordings of songs from throughout the band's history. ~ Johnny Loftus & Timothy Monger

  • ORIGIN
    Hammonton, NJ
  • FORMED
    2000

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