Fine White Line

by Astor Place Riot

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2012's Fine White Line hinges around the single "Complete Waste". This is their iconic rock song with tinges of a brewing freak-out ready to happen at any moment, until they take you to church in the middle of the song. The only miss was not including a choir of glorious gospel-belters. "Lower the Rope" is a bittersweet, catchy song that is both pop-rock yet still retains its own kind of opaque tension. "Time to Breathe" is naughty and moves like there's no tomorrow. It's got that b-b-b-e-a-t beat, and will definitely leave you panting. The title track "Fine White Line" is a super-melty cavernous introspection that turns into a wicked jam at the end. Josh elaborates that this song is a reference to positing yourself in relation to a particular high-water mark of values, where as he ultimately decides to "just let the cards fall where they may." The phosphorous "Open Window" is guitar and sample driven, and "Pass Us By" is rooted with delays, glitches, and dubbed guitars, over top of a smooth rhythm section. The last song on the album, "Last Chorus", is a fitting end as footsteps lead into Josh's temporal landscape, crisp in confrontation over the brevity of life. Susan's viola is a silky bullet, piercing beautifully into the soundscape, as all the band joins in at the end. Ideally, Fine White Line is a dip album, meaning you might get the best out of it by driving around in your car. Josh will croon your uncertainties by unveiling his own, and his lyrics in Fine White Line address the effects of the unknown and time on human emotion. It is this manner of delivery that is unique to APR, as you might unknowingly find yourself happily humming, or find your mind moving about the brilliant corners of his melodies.


released December 9, 2011



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Astor Place Riot Lexington, Kentucky

With Crossing Lines, Astor Place Riot’s 2012 EP release, the band is continuing their tradition of aggressive indie/alt rock displaying a diverse range of influences. Plenty of Astor Place Riot trademarks: intricate vocal arrangements, earworm melodies, layered instrumental soundscapes, detailed lyrical storytelling and minor key tension juxtaposed with thumping rhythms. ... more

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