A Thorn For Every Heart...and a drummer for A Static Lullaby, too. ATFEH finally updated fans back in November about the stagnant progress of the new album, It's Hard to Move You. The album was leaked way back in June of '07, but Kickball Records was dissolved by parent company Interscope Records, leaving IHTMY in a veritable limbo completely dependent on whether Interscope decides to give up the album's rights to the band.
My advice to ATFEH: Let Interscope have the record.
Now, I don't want to be too critical of ATFEH because, let's face it: they got SERIOUSLY screwed. They don't have the muscle to fight with Interscope, and, as a fellow musician, I know what kind of blood, sweat and tears go into the production of an album. I would be livid if I couldn't have the rights to something I created. On top of all that, the band has lost drummer Tyler Mahurin to fellow Chino Hills, CA, based emo-rockers A Static Lullaby, as well as guitarist Jeff Harber (to some project that hasn't even gotten off the ground yet).
If you love something, let it go. That means you, ATFEH. Maybe there's a reason all this is happening. The reason: you recorded a sub-par album. And why did you record a sub-par album? Because you were too worried about sounding catchy. You were too worried about the 'pop,' and now it's time to let that mistake go. You're practically being handed a second chance to write to your potential.
I know what ATFEH is capable of. The band is capable of 2004's Things Aren't So Beautiful Now. The album that broke the band into the scene. The album I went out and bought the day after catching ATFEH on the Taking Back Sunday/Fall Out Boy/Matchbook Romance tour way back when. The album that can only come from a band with nothing to lose, a band playing exactly what they want to play, a band with talent and innovation.
Now, ATFEH has been torn down, stripped of a label as well as an album. Now, they have nothing to lose again. Hence the new demo, recently posted on ATFEH's myspace, titled 'Pick Up the Pieces.' It doesn't have the same sound as TASBN, but it shows a forward musical progression into uncharted territory, the kind of progression that can push a band from 'good' to 'great,' and not from 'good' to 'radio-worthy.' I'm not a purist, a stubborn punk-rocker, that thinks every album should sound the same lest a band sell-out. I'm just asking, begging, for them to hang on to the music.
If you love It's Hard to Move You, ATFEH, now is the time to let it go. All Interscope can do is sit on it. Then, in twenty years and aged to perfection, you can finally release it and make a million dollars.
"You're no daisy. You're no daisy at all."
- Doc Holliday, Tombstone