From Safety to Where
Recorded, engineered and mixed by Scott Hendley at Hendley & Son in 1998. From the artwork to the name, it is impossible to predict what type of music From Safety to Where plays. The opening notes of it's raucous self-titled debut clear things up immediately, however. The band hides subtle, memorable melodies underneath explosive rhythms and shrill screams. With a penchant for dark, melodic bass lines, angular guitar work, and libidinous drumming, From Safety to Where has merged seemingly disparate styles into a seamless attack. The release of it's 7 inch EP in 2000 marked a shift in direction for the band. Melody replaced noise as the dominant factor, while streamlined vocals were interspersed with the more familiar chaotic shrieks and energetic bursts of noise. On it's second album, Irreversible Trend, this Columbia, South Carolina trio moves beyond the pigeonholing aspects of hardcore punk to incorporate more melody and texture. With the addition of keyboards and minimal effects, the band enhances the moodiness inherent to it's core sound and explores a more expansive musical breadth. The edges are sharper while the songs are more cohesive and consistent without losing the potency and immediacy of it's previous output. The screaming has tapered a bit to allow for even more melodic singing, which steers the songs in unexpected and even catchy directions. Irreversible Trend is a giant leap forward for a band that is constantly evolving. In the summer of 2002 album, Irreversible Trend, charted at number 75 in CMJ's top 100. After touring the east coast and midwest, the band began recording it's third full-length, entitled Interference, at the onset of 2003. The trio disbanded before it's release.