The Record Lounge: Review 01/27/11 – No Tomorrow – Face The Future (With Free Download!)
No Tomorrow – Face The Future
Around the beginning of 2010, I decided to make one of my random checks for my old friend Darrel Herbert on Facebook. Much to my surprise, he had signed up just a few days prior. Darrel, as some of you might know, was guitarist for the Fort Worth based platinum selling mid-90’s inescapable Toadies from 1992-1996, during the Rubberneck era. He had moved out of the area quite some time ago, and I liked trying to catch up with him. Today I did.
Not only did I catch up with Mr. Herbert, but it seemed he had a new three piece together including former Smashmouth/Brave Combo/Tripping Daisy drummer Mitch Marine out in L.A. Under the moniker DWH (later to be known as No Tomorrow) had just released an EP (reviewed here), which I immediately procured and is still the only thing I have ever bought via iTunes. I monitored their activities fairly well, when they seemingly dropped off the radar. I chalked this up to the fact that they were in the middle of recording a full-length album and were just busy. Guess I was wrong.
A few weeks ago, I decided to check in with Darrel, and was told No Tomorrow had disbanded and he was working on some new solo material. He promised me he would get me the finished No Tomorrow album so I could at least hear it, and of course I accepted his generosity. He then came back at me with another option: give it away to readers of thesynaptic.com for free, via exclusive download. Which I eagerly accepted. You all like free music right?
Face The Future plays on Herbert’s strengths for sure. You can catch slight glimpses of Toadies in his signature guitar work, but more notably you can hear his last project in D/FW, the atmospheric Brit-pop enhanced The Tomorrowpeople, throughout the 10 songs. Three tracks resurface from the DWH EP, “Human Sacrifice”, “Diamonds”, and “Before the Hammer”, as does another track from the past, a complete rework of The Tomorrowpeople’s “Youth In Orbit”. New tracks such as “Crystallized” and “Home” have the feel of Pink Floyd, but if they were a garage band, which is an interesting mix to say the least, where “Roses” “Nine Days Of Grace”, “New Adress”, and the album closer, “Parts” are fairly straightforward alt-rock influenced pop songs. And I mean this as a positive.
To sum it up, the one and only release from No Tomorrow has many textures making the whole – poppy and accessible, alternative in nature, with elements you might not necessarily expect peppered in for flavor. At least that’s what I get out of it. You can download a free copy of the entire album below and decide what you get out of it! Exclusive to you, The Synaptic reader. For FREE.
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