Yours For Mine: Dear Children

Dear Children

(Yours For Mine)
Release Date: 
Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The hardcore/post-hardcore/screamo/punk/whatever-else-it’s-called-now genre has been filled to the point of saturation over the past few years. Bands playing this style of music have been multiplying faster than bloodied noses and black eyes in a circle pit. There are a few groups that have been able to transcend the sound and push the boundaries in creative and exciting ways. But, like so many other styles of music, the innovators tend to be few and far between.

Imagine my surprise and excitement then when Dear Children, the debut album from Yours For Mine showed up and proved to be something that rises above the imitators. Here’s a group, with all the hallmarks of hardcore in tow: a mix of screamed and clean vocals, heavy guitars, group chants, breakdowns. Check, check, check and double check. Yet somehow they’ve managed to create a record that presents all these elements in a fresh way. Oh and did I mention the horns? Yeah, they work in the sax in a completely unexpected but completely fitting way.

In a word, it’s awesome! I guess that’s technically a word and a contraction, but whatever. These guys have come out of nowhere and completely impressed me. Now they still have to some room to grow. Elements of the album get a little repetitive from time to time. But on a record this solid, that’s a minor criticism. And considering that this is only their first record, I can’t wait to see where they go next.

I also have to make mention of the art and packaging. Created by Charlie Wagers and Tyler Dowdy, it is beautiful and a perfect complement to the music. In a time of leaks and digital downloads, design like this makes a strong argument for purchasing the physical version of a record.

So in summary, get this album. These guys are like the beautiful lovechild of older Underoath, Emery and a touch of early Copeland…and maybe just a tinge of dredg. If you like any of those bands, you’ll be doing yourself a disservice if you don’t check out Yours For Mine.

Jeremy Hunt
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