HEAVY MANTLE: Weights & Measures: LP

I’ve seen a lot of places online compare these guys to Small Brown Bike, Fugazi, and Cursive. While I can certainly see why, I’m more inclined to align their sound with bands like Hi Ho Silver, Away! (especially on the song “Untitled”), Rites Of Spring, and Embrace. I suppose there’s a little bit of Refused in there, too. But, overall, what I’m trying to say is that this is a perfect specimen of screamo or early emo. I always want to rip my hair out when people boil emo down to shitty, sensitive pop bands like My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy, and Dashboard Confessional. No, Heavy Mantle is doing it right. They’re sticking true to the post-hardcore roots mixed with mathy bits and screaming. I don’t know how to drive home the point better, but this band is absolutely worth checking out and becoming your new favorite. –Kayla Greet (Tor Johnson)