The Words We Live By, the Actions We Don’t Take
It’s always going to be a challenge for relatively small, up and coming bands to prove themselves as unique, and on their new release, The Words We Live By, the Actions We Don’t Take, Wither Away has risen to the task.
The release feels like it could be described as the hardcore counterpart to pop punk, aka pop hardcore. The music on the album is simple, straightforward, and yet also strong, while the vocals are mostly clean and spunky with a few very listenable screams thrown in for good measure.
Wither Away’s new album occupies a truly unique space, and any musical artist that can pull that off deserves accolades. The whole thing and not just the screams on the record is very listenable, although of course, “pop hardcore” is going to work for some people and not others. Still, no matter your genre of choice, The Words We Live By, the Actions We Don’t Take, could easily pull you in with its subtly forceful music and sing song choruses.
It never gets too “spunky” or frantic so as to make it unlistenable, and if you like hardcore or post-hardcore in general and want to try something a bit softer and less energetic, you should try Wither Away. Wither Away’s new release works well as a post-hardcore album from the softer side of the spectrum.
Lyrically, the album is simple and yet compelling, which definitely works here. The album opens with a love song, and then goes on to cover the common issues of dealing with depression and even suicidal feelings for the middle 5 songs.
In one of the most initially memorable choruses of the album, the band’s vocalist J.J. Heliger sings on “Hopeless,” the fourth track, “I’ve been trying, I’ve been trying hard to decipher it; When one day I’m doing fine; The next is just crippling time; I’m imprisoned in my mind.”
The release ends with another love song, and there is one memorable moment lyrics-wise on the release when on “Transitions,” the speaker begins to touch on religious themes while “transitioning” away from their concept of “God,” as it were.
Wither Away is still a relatively new project, although not brand new, and it will be definitely interesting to see where they go from here.