In a world where bands form and subsequently break-up in the course of a weekend, in a time in music where a band will have MySpace, Facebook and Twitter accounts before even filling out their lineup, in a time when bands will talk the ear off of anyone who will listen about how “hard working they are”, it’s refreshing to know that there are still acts that would prefer to get it right rather than get instant gratification. Acts who understand that “working hard” does not necessarily mean “working smart” – bands like Philadelphia, PA’s WITH LIFE IN MIND.
Expertly produced by Carson Slovak of CENTURY (Prosthetic Records) and ARMSBENDBACK (Trustkill Records), Grievances packs a metaphorical (and nearly literal) punch. The album, a haymaker of heavy riffing and relentless, thundering power tempered by an underlying melodic nature, represents all of the tumult and passion behind the album’s lyrics – a no punches pulled diatribe about society’s blemishes.
While WITH LIFE IN MIND might have grievances to air in a Frank Costanza-like manner, one thing they can’t take issue with is the fact that their “get-it-right-the-first-time” mentality is paying off in the form of a monster debut.