This Albany, Ore., quartet recently
signed to BEC Recordings and
released their first-ever LP,
Intermission to the Moon. This
reminds me most, if anything, of
early Jimmy Eat World a la Clarity era,
which definitely isn’t a bad thing. An
understated positivity (for lack of a better word) streams as an undercurrent
throughout the record. The emotion is subtle, though the instrumentation and
production is definitely next-level. Several members of the highly successful outfit
Falling Up contributed to the creative process of their hometown comrades’ debut.
Specifically, vocalist Jessy Ribordy and drummer Josh Shroy make appearances and
provide writing elements, and they do not disappoint.
“The overall message is an inspirational call to chasing your dreams with
hope,” comments A Dream Too Late guitarist Chris Eddy. “Hopefully, this record
will motivate people to do something amazing with their lives. With God’s grace
we can follow the desires of our hearts and chase our dreams.
“‘Space is all you’ve got’ is one of my favorite lyrics on the record,” he
continues, “meaning, if you set your eyes to the stars, you just might reach
them. Another of my favorites is the phrase ‘The freeway can take you
anywhere’—meaning no matter what your vision or goal is, there will always be
a road provided.”
Though perhaps not filled with multi-Platinum radio smashes, this is a solid
first effort, from its songwriting to its beat-driven cuts to its depth. This is great
pop/rock for those searching for the stars and in need of a soundtrack that
doesn’t quite fit into the category of the endless array of emo/pop/rock.