Though they’ve come quite unexpectedly out of nowhere, Ryan Sabouhi and Greg Eagle refuse to go unheard ever again. These two California musicians have stepped into the boxing ring with post-hardcore and delivered a walloping left hook with their debut release Impermanence. The duo strive to deliver a meaningful collection of songs in hopes that their message will resonate with an audience, which is that “all things are impermanent and subject to change”. For the most part, their delivery is truly captivating and should not be missed.
Let me ask you a question: do you know of the band Thrice? If you do, you know that the band dives into deeper reaches of the experimental/alternative rock genre. In particular, their 2005 album Vheissu stands as a shining example of how reinventive can successfully be with their sound while still satisfying the same crowd. Now, while One Gone Thus does not have a release prior to this album, the fearlessness and curiosity with which they expand upon the modern post-hardcore template is very much in the same vein, and I’m sure Thrice would be proud to hear a band with as diverse a pool of influences as this band.
At times they will implement riffs that would sound right at home in a hard rock jam, like at 2:04 in “Watch Me Change”. At other times they simply know how to turn up the heaviness or where to create texture with their keyboard. A great example of this is the polyphonic quality of the beginning of “Self & Soul”, which opens the entire EP with true chutzpah and dominates the listener’s attention from the get-go as a result.
Impermanence Track List:
1. Self & Soul (feat. Ben Corona)
2. A Girl Who Turned To Stone
3. I Disappear
4. Porcelain (feat. Jazzy Guiterrez)
5. Watch Me Change (feat. Ben Corona and Danny Hernandez)
Throughout the five-song release, the urgency is practically palpable. It is this immediate, in-your-face style that is akin to Scary Kids Scaring Kids (rest in peace) and Dance Gavin Dance, giving listeners the impression that they’re jumping right into the action. However, this is not to say that the band doesn’t pull back on the reins. In fact, they do so admirably, allowing the riffing to calm down at times including at 3:18 in “A Girl Who Turned To Stone”, allowing Sabouhi’s anguished vocals to come through and clearly tell the plight of the song’s female subject. They even implement layers of emotive piano at times, as in “Watch Me Change” where it is competed by a vulnerable falsetto that then picks up into a powerful solo. The band goes above and beyond to inject every last drop of emotion they have into their songs, structuring them so that everything feels like it is freely flowing, growing, and shrinking in an organic way.
The production quality of this album is striking, especially considering Greg Eagle’s description of the EP as “comprehensively DIY”. Not only is the production level top-notch, but the electronica in general is extremely well-done, adding a surreal, grandiose quality to vocals or to guitar where it is seen as fit. For instance, the vocals in the beginning of “Porcelain” are made to sound astral, as though Sabouhi just returned from a trip to the woods after hanging with water spirits. It is so deftly executed, you’re almost left wondering how they came up with each separate component.
Lastly, there are elements of punchy, more driven, and harder-hitting post-hardcore such as Memphis May Fire, which is seen in the very beginning of “I Disappear”. Amongst all the melody and anthemic uproar, it is almost refreshing to have some straight-up metalcore passages where the band gets to flex their muscles and put on a show. This, paired with Sabouhi’s clean vocals, are reminiscent of fellow California melodic hardcore act No Bragging Rights, who are some of the best at finding a true, unique balance to the serenity and harshness their music is composed of. One Gone Thus tastefully sprinkles heaviness here and there, giving listeners a smorgasbord of different influences and tastes to take in.
All in all, the EP is a smashing success, brimming with spirit, integrity, and most notably technicality. One Gone Thus is on full display, exposing every corner of themselves into their music, begging for scrutiny. Its well-polished format is impressive, and you WILL find something you like.
Don’t miss out on this release, hitting stores June 3rd via the band’s Bandcamp. The album features a pre-order exclusive, so get it while you can! Also be sure to follow this dynamic duo on social media platforms, as their future is sure to be a bright and eventful one.
Notable Tracks: “Self & Soul”, “Watch Me Change”