By Samuel Stevens & Mikey Jablonski
Release Date: September 18, 2020
Genre: Emo, Alternative Rock
Label: Fearless Records
The Southern California four-piece outfit are ready to take another whirl at releasing personal and real music with the release of their second album, No Good Left To Give. The band has had a very successful five years since forming in 2015. They’ve saw themselves on countless tours and have successful music releases over the years. The band cemented themselves within the scene with their debut EP Outgrown Things in 2017, but their follow up debut album Feel Something was next level for the band. To date, Feel Something has accumulated approximately forty million streams. No Good Left To Give is once again recorded along side their longtime producer Will Yip, known best for his work with other artists such as Title Fight, Turnover, and many, many more.
As anyone, every body grows with age and vocalist Patrick Miranda, guitarist Ira George, drummer Spencer York, and bassist Austin Cressey do just that on No Good Left To Give. As the quartet shift forward and more away from their heavier tone that was evidently displayed on both of their previous releases, the band remain emotional, openly honest, and real as ever with their brand new material. While the music shifts to an emo, alternative rock sound overall that was already a staple to their sound, the band does fade towards being darker with its storytelling and musicianship on the twelve tracks. Patrick’s lyricism on No Good Left To Give reflects on personal changes from the band’s whirlwind five years together, but does also touch on various subjects such as mental health, struggles with relationships, loss, intimacy, and other relatable subjects from their lives. It remains all above the sounds of post-punk grit, alternative expanse, heartfelt spoken word, expansive rock, and subtle amounts of pop ambition.
“Were always going to try and progress because we don’t believe in writing the music that the fans want to hear just because that’s what they want. We believe in what we want to write and hoping our fans grow and change with us ’cause our tastes have changed,” confesses Patrick
No Good Left To Give opens with the slow paced, melodic track, “In My Blood.” It puts the band’s maturity over the last three years on display for new and old listeners alike. The band’s second single, “Skin To Skin” features a faster tempo and shades of the “old” Movements you may have known that bubbles to the surface. However, lyrically the song deals with physical intimacy. The dark, yet melodic lead single, “Don’t Give Up Your Ghost” is a heart wrenching track, both musically and lyrically. The track pairs an overall somber tone with honest, relatable lyrics, that are told from the perspective of a different person dealing with a friend who has confided that they have tried to kill themselves. “Tunnel Vision” is the band’s latest single and if you’re a fan of their old material, this track is probably for you. While the band returns to their roots musically with “Tunnel Vision,” Patrick takes a swing at the fences with one of his darkest songs he’s ever written. “Tunnel Vision” is about grappling with the reality of suicide and finding yourself fantasizing about your own funeral.
“[Tunnel Vision] is like a typical Movements song. There’s you know, screaming in it, there’s a lot of energy. I can already see the outro of that song being a huge part for a lot of people. I’m excited to see how that one translates,” continues Patrick.
Some other tracks that stand out on No Good Left To Give include “Garden Eyes,” “12 Weeks,” “Seneca,” “Moonlight Lines,” “No Good Left To Give,” and finally, “Love Took The Last of It.” Some tracks listed include many different, interesting characteristics. “12 Weeks” has dueling vocals within it’s choruses, “Moonlight Lines” is one of the only tracks on the album to feature the use of speaking word, a bit of a staple of a few songs in their previous releases. Whereas the album’s title track “No Good Left To Give” is an interlude to the album’s final track “Love Took The Last of It,” that blend in quite a way, almost making them one ultimate track to close out the band’s stellar second album.
“I think that this record kind of encapsulates exactly what we wanted to accomplish. Which was to show a progression to our sound and to show that. We are not the band that always puts out the same record every time. Were always going to be a band that grows and changes, it still keeps what makes our band, our band and what makes us special,” says Patrick.