Album Review: Frameworks – Loom

After covering post-hardcore Florida natives Frameworksshow at The Fire a few weeks ago, we have the treat of hearing their full length debut Loom streaming early on Stereogum and bandcamp before its 4/29 release. Taking the style they have experimented with on their first two EPs into an even more chaotic context definitely pays off for this young punk band. Their harsh and heavy sound is seriously top-notch, but they also soften up musically while vocalist Luke Pate continues to screams at the top of his lungs. You need to be able to appreciate the beauty and honesty of a scream to love this band, they are taking every emotion they have ever stuffed down inside themselves and tackling it with an urgency and rage.

Loom gets more and more out-there as it goes on, the first few tracks, see “Loom” and “Mutual Collision,” sound like Frameworks songs we’ve come to expect, but even those go a step above their past work. They speed up with smart and artful riffs that eventually turn into slower breakdowns, all while Pate loudly spills his guts. The back up vocals add even coarser screams into the mix, creating some really heavy duo shouting parts between. “True Wealth” gets seriously epic in classic Frameworks fashion, with layered guitars that end up sounding nostalgic under yearning yells. With reversed guitar hits and a simple yet weird drum beat, the band eerily goes into a “Familiar Haze”. One of the softer off of Loom, Pate shouts about hazy memories and after a lull we’re brought into another wall of existential euphoria. But Frameworks rarely messes around with the ambience some bands focus on, they usually just throw themselves, and the listener, right into the heavy mess of feeling. Tracks like “Affordance” and “Bright and New” especially show how hardcore they can get, while others like “Splinters” and “Agreeable Thoughts” step out of the typical ‘hardcore music’ box with unconventional guitar work and awesome vocal delivery. Album-closer “Autonomy” might be the most rampageous song on the album, it cuts through sections of killer riffs, shouts, and beats and ends in a seriously low and heavy conclusion.

This release delves even deeper into the creativity that comes with being a progressive hardcore band. Frameworks is striving to create music that is different that anything you have ever heard, and if you give Loom a really good listen, you’ll find it definitely warrants a few listens to appreciate the range of this experimental project. They are progressing with each release, and it will be interesting to see where they go from this high-point full length debut. In the niche of meaningful screamo and hardcore, Frameworks should get attention from fans of Deafheaven, Touche Amore, and La Dispute. Having the album produced by Jack Shirley, who recorded, produced, edited, mixed, and mastered Deafheaven’s critically-acclaimed Sunbatherdidn’t hurt either.

Pick up Loom from Topshelf Records (vinyl/CD/digital), on bandcamp, or on iTunes.

Image via Stereogum.

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