It’s Our Last Night’s Time To Shine!
Release Date: June 16, 2015
Rocks Like: The Word Alive, Dayshell
Recommended Track(s): Road to the Throne, Diamonds, White Tiger
Any one who’s seen Our Last Night perform in the past year has probably been anticipating this new release. Though the band formed in 2004, the past couple years has really turned the spotlight in their direction. “Younger Dreams” is their latest full length album, following their “Oak Island” EP. Read on to see what we thought!
First off, can we just say WOW?! “Younger Dreams” was completely self-produced, mixed and mastered by Our Last Night. After listening to it start to finish, we would have never guessed that. The levels were all perfect, drifting away from the apparent current trend of having the vocals louder than anything else, but we digress. Sorry, we’ll steer away from the technical stuff for now and just say “good job, boys.”
Within the first minute of listening to this album, the listener is hit with heavy instrumentation. “Prisoners” starts up as purely instrumental for just about the first minute before the vocals come in. The listener is thrown against a wall of guitars and drums that sets the tone for the whole album. In the past year, Our Last Night has released a lot of pop covers just for fun. Not saying that’s a bad thing, as we certainly loved them, but it did very much lead to the impression that pop would be the main style heard on this new album. What a very wrong assumption! Our Last Night dropped this effort and proved to everyone that they can play both styles of music effortlessly. The songs on “Younger Dreams” added in some unclean vocals, an impressive addition that wasn’t really heard on “Oak Island.” (Okay, there were a couple points on the EP where there was screaming, but it was mostly clean vocals.)
Without a doubt, this is the same band from “Oak Island.” They’ve got the same feel, the same power and generally the same style. At the same time, you see the growth and development they’ve gone through as a band. “Younger Dreams” is different enough that the listener shouldn’t feel as though this album has been done before, but at the same time it’s similar enough to give comfort that Our Last Night is still the band everyone fell in love with.
“Younger Dreams” is available to listeners on Spotify, iTunes, and Google Play. You can also catch the band all summer on the Vans Warped Tour!
2. Road to the Throne
4. White Tiger
5. A World Divided
7. Living Now
8. Younger Dreams
9. Imaginary Monster
10. Forgotten Souls