Nov 07, 2008

This is a riddle: What would a band sound like if they sounded sorta like Radon, but approached it from a completely different angle? The instrument tones are similar. The lead singer’s voice sounds like one of the two Radon singers. But then, it was a different deal, a different focus altogether: lean, clean, flexible songs that rely on inner dynamics to recede and explode. Radon’s funniness is exchanged for straight-ahead earnestness straight through. In a world that made any sense to me, The Achievement would be “emocore”—emotionally bare and charged songs that almost feel like the singer is singing, alternately, directly to you and to versions of himself in the attempts of some deeper understanding, backed up by an band playing interesting music that’s not afraid to either charge or relax. I’d go so far as to say that The Achievement are a direct descendent of Rites Of Spring, but a band all to themselves… and with this record, this Salinas, CA, trio broken up. Thems the shakes.

 –todd (Self-released)

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