Riding with The Measure [SA] now is like visiting someone who knows their town inside out. Not just the punk houses. All the shortcuts, the back allies, the pot holes, the places that smell good outside. The best donuts. The community centers. The places that can’t be found anywhere else in the world, from parks, historical markers, to where to watch the sunrise. Wanna go on a bike ride? They know tons of routes and will wait for you if you get winded. The elements that first made me blush how much I liked The Measure [SA] are still all there: the sincerity, the sweetness, the songs bursting with tenderness and fury. Artful but approachable. Awkward but endearing. Shy but open. Talented but not boastful. But with Notes, there’s a fantastic sense of confidence. Of a wide-stanced resilience. They sound right at home in hardcore blasts, heart-core explorations, and stripped-down, elegant elegies. The range is all within their means, and it’s a wonderful ride that I’m enjoying with every spin.
–todd (No Idea)