Things Fall Apart | We Are All + debut EP

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We Are All + debut EP

by Things Fall Apart

Techinically advanced hardcore punk that favors screemo to metal with thought provoking political lyrics.
Genre: Rock: Punk
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1. The Least We Can Do
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2. Inverterate
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3. Mired in Lockstep (cynics guide to empire)
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4. Tirer Avec Les Deux Maine
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5. Shed
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6. Poisonwood Bible
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7. Bound by Math
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8. Maquiladoras
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9. Inertia
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10. Where Were You When...
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11. Searching
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Born in a small basement in Madison, Wisconsin. Things Fall Apart began as a side project, as an outlet for the boiled-down elements left over from, and left out of, the members’ other bands past and present. In the autumn of 2002 three friends, Dec Dwyer on drums, Jethro Ford and Chris Langbehn on guitars, began with nothing more than the music in mind, to flesh out a hand-full of driving rock songs.

Over the next two years the part-time project’s sound became more and more refined the intention behind the songs more and more serious. By that spring it was clear that this band was no longer just a side project but a group with a relationship and a sound all it’s own. Jethro began designing patches and t-shirts which the band would eventually begin screen printing themselves in their basement. In July of 2003 when long-time friend Jake Zahares stepped in to take up bass duties TFA was finally complete both in sound and as a unit. It was time to take the music out of the studio. Things Fall Apart played their first two shows in two separate venues on August 29th, 2003.

In September of 2003 the band release a 3 song demo CD and began playing locally on a regular basis. Finally, in January of 2004 the band self-released a self-titled, 7-song, EP CD. In the early spring of 2004 TFA embarked on their first tour, which would ultimately leave them stranded in hotel in a dry city in Texas awaiting the repair of a cracked engine block. Fast forward to 2006 when Things Fall Apart reconviens to record a brand new 4 song EP also out on Crustacean Records.

Things Fall Apart perform with a voracious intensity, and raw energy playing host to sharp, honest, and conscious lyrics.


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Razorcake Magazine

Razorcake review
”Four songs at over fourteen minutes of any kind of music, even when well done, tries my attention span a bit, but this has won me over. Lots of guitar, intelligent lyrics, and an overall pretty heavy feel. Gruff vocals feel like they could come from San Diego (think Tiltwheel or Dan Padilla) or Florida (Tim Version), but I’m guessing they’re out of the Midwest, as Crustacean is based out of Madison, WI (and has been putting out some great stuff). Gorgeous packaging, and well worth seeking.”–Megan Pants, Razorcake Magazine

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PunkNews.Org review
Everything about Things Fall Apart screams raw power.

From the gruff vocal cords of vocalist Jethro Ford to the dizzying riffs provided by Chris Langbehn and frenetic rhythms kept by drummer Declan Dwyer, We Are All... is an energetic four-song kick in the ass.

Hailing from Wisconsin, this quartet, pulled together from the ashes of numerous now-defunct bands, have put together a blast of energy that does not lose steam until the final chord has been played.

"The Least We Can Do" is a song not unlike something No Trigger would produce, a melodic hardcore salvo that places a premium on top-notch guitar work and scathing vocals. The call-and-answer style of vocal delivery is positively anthemic, and the chord progressions that run through the undercurrent punctuate the effort perfectly. "Inveterate" manages to best it, though with terrific guitar work that speaks volumes all on its own. Any time the vocals break Langbehn's six-string mastery comes from the undercurrent to the forefront, effectively pushing the track to a higher level than before.

Things Fall Apart have more than one trick in their bag, however -- bassist Jake Zahares marks his stamp from the beginning of "Mired In Lock-Step," as the deep intonations of the grooves he lays down are the basis for the assault of metal riffs laid down by his bandmates. The band sounds a lot like Glass & Ashes on the track, but carve enough of their own niche to know that they're completely different bands.

Don't make my mistake -- don't sleep on the power and intensity of Things Fall Apart.

Slug & Lettuce Zine Summer 2006

All totally solid, full of energy and super fucking good
This CD is all hand-made silk-screened on a fold-out cardstock cover with sticker and lyrics and such inside. It is the kind of packaging that appeals to me, but these days you never know what sound or genre you are in for. I was pleasantly surprised to find this to be a great mix of hardcore punk that ranges from the discordant, to heavy, from the screemo to the catchy and melodic. All totally solid, full of energy and super fucking good. The diversity is great and the combination works so well. It is one of my favorite CDs this time around though it tends to be much on the melodic emo hardcore tip of the late ninties than I normally go hog wild over. A nice refreshing change of pace though.