After two EPs, the guys in Make Do And Mend felt ready to drop their first full-length. It’s been out for a while on Panic Records already and Shield Recordings took it upon themselves to release “End Measured Mile” over here. For which I would like to thank them because it is a fucking great album.
Opener “Unknowingly Strong” takes you right to Hot Water Music’s “Caution” days and show that melody and being abrasive can very well walk hand in hand. The sheer power with which they knock songs like “Ghostal” (with guest vocals by La Dispute’s Jordan Dreyer) and “Transparent Seas” out of the ballpark are a dead giveaway that these guys have their roots in the hardcore scene. And if you couple that energy to great guitar leads and James Carroll’s gritty voice, well then you’ve got yourself a damn fine album that deserves to be played over and over again.