There is no secret to the Getaway Plan formula. Their brand of post-hardcore is one listeners have seen and heard many times before- Saosin, Armor for Sleep, Funeral for a Friend- all musically similar to Melbourne, Australia’s latest flexing their artistic muscle. Yet, as you listen to the band’s full-length debut Other Voices, Other Rooms, there is a distinct quality that separates them from their counterparts. It’s an intangible quality, one that can’t really be described by hyperbole, lavish praise, and/or writerspeak, but unfortunately, aside from actually listening to the record, it’s the only way to say how good it is. Yes, it’s post-hardcore, and yes, it sounds a little polished, but unlike other local fare (Kisschasy, The Hot Lies to name a few), The Getaway Plan have urgency and musical chops by the bag load.
The band’s singles- “Streetlight” and “Where The City Meets the Sea”- are your requisite, big chorus, chunky guitar type songs, and will easily grab casual listeners into the fray. However, it is when the band digs a little deeper into their emotional pockets that they truly find their symmetry. The album’s best is the mid-tempo, soaring melancholy of “New Medicine (Stay With Me)”; a lovelorn ode to, from what we can see/hear, the faith in fighting sickness. Then there is the more literal tale of love in “A Lover’s Complaint,” backed by solid melodies, and vocalist Matthew Wright’s towering voice, the song is the pinnacle of the band’s efforts; powerful, moving, yet not overly sentimental and/or naïve.
Whether it is delving into piano-oriented composition (“Red Flag”), or electronic landscapes (“Transmission”), The Getaway Plan are more than capable of pulling in elements of other genres into their own. It makes for an enthralling listen, and are the facets of the album that keep it from becoming stale and/or overdone. Only a few years into their musical careers, and these dandy gentlemen have more going for them than most will in an entire lifetime. Stamp Other Voices, Other Rooms as essential listening.
Other Voices, Other Rooms is available now via Boomtown.
“New Medicine (Stay With Me)”