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Life Lessons

SELF-RE­LEASED An­themic post-hard­core crew con­front per­sonal tragedy

Three years have passed since this Not­ting­ham quin­tet re­leased their fairly un­re­mark­able EP, Dreamer. In that time they’ve honed their craft, de­liv­er­ing a promis­ing de­but al­bum. Tak­ing their cues from Ar­chi­tects and While She Sleeps, Real­izan­tion­ship and Hope­bringer con­jure up a Lost For­ever // Lost To­gether aes­thetic: an in­tense, down­tuned bat­ter­ing bal­anced with flashes of bruised heart and melody and gut­tural vo­cals from Adam Con­nor. Happy Fam­i­lies charges along like

Deep Blue-era Park­way be­fore a splen­did cho­rus springs from nowhere, strid­ing head­first into an­themic ter­ri­tory. Else­where, Life Lessons sets it­self apart with real emo­tional heft amongst the mus­cle. Gon­vena was writ­ten for gui­tarist Dave Ste­wart’s mother, who died from can­cer and in­cludes the line: ‘If I was lost, she was my one true North. She was the sun­shine that fol­lowed storms’. Skies In Mo­tion are a band to watch. FOR FANS OF: AR­CHI­TECTS, WHILE SHE SLEEPS, PARK­WAY DRIVE

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