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Make Do And Mend

Don't Be Long

Rise Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

From their Panic Records beginnings through their tenure on Paper + Plastick Records, West Hartford, Connecticut gruff punk-rockers Make Do And Mend have emerged from an initial spark into a full burning flame.  Manning such a fierce fire, it was only a matter of time before the zealous talent scouts at Rise Records added the quartet to the contemporary home of long-running influence Hot Water Music.  

But even with James Carroll’s gravel-coated, throatful bellows, their next step, Everything You Ever Loved, initiated a stylistic divergence that infused increased melody at a price.  The culprit was an age old offender that often rears it’s head when upshifting labels: a misalignment in production.  The band’s ambition veered away from rugged emotionalism, in favour of a somewhat glossy, less personal finish.  But the band’s latest full length, Don’t Be Long, addresses these growing pains while maintaining the strong hooks set forth in Everything You Ever Loved.  

Put simply, Make Do And Mend pulls diversely from their collective bag of tricks, ensuring that Don’t Be Long maintains forward momentum while rummaging insightfully through their back catalogue.  Take the abrasive and dark howls of the opener and title track.  Carroll keeps things coarse and rugged with a constant wave of crunching riffs against Mike O’Toole’s soaring guitar lead.  As echoed later in “Bluff,” the song leans most heavily on the band’s hardcore elements, reassuring the old crew that they won’t be neglecting what originally drew in long time fans.  From there, “Ever Since” teases forthcoming stylistic hybrids with various shifts in tempo and overall approach.  Carroll employs his cleaner, more immediately emotional vocal personae all the while lightly peppering the chorus with a sprinkling of piano notes and periodic instrumental reserve.  Not long after the full depth of character begins unravelling.  “Sin Amor” perhaps best encompasses the full scope of Don’t Be Long in one go, sending listeners on a post-hardcore pilgrimage of fluctuating sonic intake.

Perhaps the most exciting resurgence rests in the minimalist call of “I Don’t Wonder At All” and “Waiting For The Sun To Come Down.”  While stylistically both fringe items veering from Make Do And Mend’s “tough-guy” outlook, they retreat from the safety of heavy riffs and into the realm of the band’s Part & Parcel EP’s grand acoustic experiment.  The former strips down to an acoustic base with a dash of plugged in chords fueling the weight of raw and exposed mood, while the latter plays out a vulnerable, melancholy two-minute instrumental outro on a weighted, remorseful note.

Don’t Be Long finds Make Do And Mend drawing upon many of the same conventions as found in Everything You Ever Loved, but with more honesty, grit and purpose.  A rawer but still highly polished outlook ensures that both highs and lows feel sincere and insightful – Don’t Be Long is the next big step for Make Do And Mend.  Whether or not the hard nosed four-piece ever breaks into mainstream consciousness, Don’t Be Long will likely be remembered as a career turning point similar to that of Rise Against’s comparable leap in confidence that accompanied their label upshift Siren Song of the Counter CultureMake Do And Mend just needed a second try to make the jump.

Make And Do Mend Full Album Stream

Make Do And MendMake Do And Mend has premiered a full album stream of their upcoming new album, Don’t Be Long, which is due out February 24, 2015 via the band’s own imprint, Stay Close Records, in partnership with Rise Records.  

Listen to the album here.

The album was recorded by Nick Bellmore at Dexter’s Lab in Milford, Connecticut, and Jay Maas at Getaway Records in Haverhill, Massachusetts, as well as mixed by Maas, and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege Engineering in Portland, Oregon.  

Make Do And Mend – Each Of Us

Digipak 4P 1CDMake Do And Mend has premiered a new song.  The track is titled “Each Of Us” and is set to appear on their upcoming all new record, Don’t Be Long, which is due out February 24, 2015 via the band’s own imprint, Stay Close Records, in partnership with Rise Records.  

Listen to the song here.

The album was recorded by Nick Bellmore at Dexter’s Lab in Milford, Connecticut, and Jay Maas at Getaway Records in Haverhill, Massachusetts, as well as mixed by Maas, and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege Engineering in Portland, Oregon.  

Make Do And Mend Announce New Album; Premiere Title Track

Digipak 4P 1CDMake Do And Mend has announced details for their next full length.  The all new record will be titled Don’t Be Long and is due out February 24th via the band’s own imprint, Stay Close Records, in partnership with Rise Records.  Track listing is below.

To celebrate, the band has premiered the new song, “Don’t Be Long,” over on Noisey.  

The album was recorded by Nick Bellmore at Dexter’s Lab in Milford, Connecticut, and Jay Maas at Getaway Records in Haverhill, Massachusetts, as well as mixed by Maas, and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege Engineering in Portland, Oregon.  

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New Photos: Lucero, Make Do And Mend, Anberlin, Knucklhead and Riot Fest Toronto

Lucero

After fixing a little bug in our media gallery, we’re back with a vengeance and have posted a ton of new photos for you to devour.

We’ll start out West in Denver, Colorado as Mike Fajardo captured an intimate Lucero acoustic show at Illegal Pete’s in April. You can check out those pictures here.

Heading up North, Chris Wedman has been busy up in Calgary, Alberta and recently snapped some photos of Anberlin, Make Do and Mend and Knucklehead with The Hockey Fight.

And finally we hit up the East Coast as our resident Toronto photographer got some images of Riot Fest Toronto last year featuring the likes of NOFX, Descendents, Andrew WK, Lawrence Arms, Hot Water Music and Less Than Jake here.

Split 7″ From Make Do And Mend and The Flatliners

Make Do And MendMake Do and Mend has launched pre-orders for their upcoming new split 7” with The Flatliners.  The 4-song split is due out June 18, 2013 on Rise Records and features 2 songs from each band with pressing options in Navy Blue and Red Starburst colored vinyl (limited to 500.).

Pre-orders can be made here.  Track listing can be found below.

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Tours: Make Do And Mend / Cheap Girls / Diamond Youth

Make Do And MendMake Do And Mend and Cheap Girls have announced that they will be touring together with support from Diamond Youth.  The tour will run through May and June.  Make Do and Mend continue to support their latest full length, All That I Ever Loved, and Cheap Girls continue to support their latest full length, Giant Orange, on Rise Records.

Tour dates can be found below.

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Make Do and Mend - Part and Parcel EP

Make Do and Mend

Part and Parcel EP

Paper + Plastick Records
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

Since the release of their Paper + Plastick Records debut, End Measured Mile, Hardford CT’s Make Do And Mend has been climbing the ranks of the collective conscious of hardcore and punk fans everywhere.  The album showcased a marked maturation in the young group’s career, easily eclipsing the band’s earlier output.  Continuing their evolution, the grizzled quartet now ventures from their comfort zone for their first acoustic EP, Part & Parcel.  While I reacted favourably to End Measured Mile, I have since found myself utterly submersed in the seminal achievement and reimagining that is Part & Parcel.

For most bands, an acoustic EP serves as just another way to repackage some old material for their core fans.  That notion does not apply here.  Make Do And Mend has thrown out their core mechanics, and completely rebuilt themselves from the ground up.  Part & Parcel is a rare example of a full band acoustic EP that fully taps into their shifting medium.  Gone are the explosive, malevolent hardcore outbursts, replaced with some of the most thoughtful examples of deeply introspective songs you’ll find in any genre.

The album shares its opener with End Measured Mile, but the similarities stop there.  This time around “Unknowingly Strong” replaces its plea for strength with a crescendo of raw emotion.  James’s newly crisp baritone vocals edge along under the weight of each word, seemingly shackled to the haunting traumas of life-like memories.  “The grass is only greener here if you plant it that way” speaks James, bestowing a newfound wisdom to the notion of self-achievement.  These songs have been made so personal that their delivery sits akin to a private conversation behind close doors.  “Ghostal” in particular – with its very mature discussion about the effects of alcoholism on family – evokes a deep sense of empathy.  Lines like “last time I saw you, there was a stranger in the skin of someone I once knew, someone I once thought was stronger than you” resonate with a chilling dose of sobering truth.

The EP’s two original offerings, “Coats” and “Untitled,” close the journey on a rural, weathered folk note.  The former finds a home for every band member, stretching the limits of the purely acoustic project with the album’s quickest tempo and busiest arrangements.  The latter takes a simpler road, delving into personal revelations with little more than James’ guitar and thoughts.  Along the same lines, the band even commands complete ownership over their Touch Amour cover “Home Away From Home.”

Part & Parcel is so much more than just a band’s frontman unplugging his guitar, it’s Make Do And Mend re-envisioned.  This personal evolution begs comparison with Thrice’s four song EP project that saw the long running band swap out their post-hardcore upbringing in favour of a stripped down folk outing.  That the band can release something so personally redefining on the eve of their signing with heavyweight Rise Records bodes incredibly well for their transition into a bigger stage.  With Part & Parcel Make Do And Mend solidify themselves as a budding and established talent.  A seminal work that shortlists all future output onto my most wanted list.

Make Do and Mend - Bodies of Water

Make Do and Mend

Bodies of Water

Panic Records
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

Make Do and Mend‘s EP, Bodies of Water, sounds a lot like Hot Water Music. That’s what I decided when I played the EP a few times last night. The vocals carry the same passionate dissonance that Chuck Ragan does on Caution, hell Father could slip into that album with ease and without notice. The similarities are staggering, from the aforementioned vocals to the hollow, almost distant drum beats,Make Do and Mend is constantly tipping their hats to Hot Water Music and it works really well.

Yet, the record isn’t only Hot Water Music and that continues to surprise me. Every once in a while, particularly on Shambles and TL (which occasionally sounds like Aspirations) you hear something quite different: you hear a tip of the head to Choke. Yes, Choke. An atmospheric prog-rock band with soft vocals seems to have left their influence all across Bodies of Water just as much as Hot Water Music has. It’s an odd combination and very distinct separation as Shambles is much more solemn, mellow and more reserved song that is able to merge into Winter Wasteland, which simply explodes in speed, intensity and fury, without a second thought. They instantly pull out the Hot Water Music post-hardcore vibe, throw in some passionate lyrics, overlapping vocals and a chorus that begs to be screamed along with and they built up to it with something so clean and different that it’s astonishing.

But it works, don’t ask me how, but Make Do and Mend‘s Bodies of Water remains a cohesive piece of post-hardcore music that ebbs and flows with anticipation, passion and sincerity. The vocals, as mentioned before, are gruff and worn for the most part. Sung at a high speed and with a sense of depth that is equally shared by the personal and sincere lyrics like “I drove by the cemetery wondering who will write our eulogies? Because I’m been having some trouble lately believing that god is more than winter whistling in these trees,” the vocals are passionate and captivating.

At six songs, Bodies of Water takes the listener through a roller coaster of emotions and sensations. Yet, its all tied together nicely by a string of melancholic hooks contrasted by hopeful – but questioning and introspective – lyrics. The Hot Water Music vibe is heavy, but there’s enough differences and unique little twists in their sound to make it feel fresh and not a complete rip off.

 

Make Do and Mend – 3/4

Make Do And MendMake Do and Mend have posted a stream of their song 3/4. The track is the b-side to their recently released 7-inch single Lucky, which originally appears on their 20120 album Everything You Ever Loved.

The song is below.

 

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Make Do And Mend Canadian Acoustic Shows

Make Do And MendMake Do And Mend has announced that they will be playing a trio of acoustic shows in Eastern Canada this week at a variety of record shops.

Details can be found below.

The band continues to support their Rise Records debut, Everything You Ever Loved.

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Make Do And Mend Acoustic Set

Make Do And MendMake Do And Mend recently sat down with AltPress for a two part acoustic live session.  The band performed both “St. Anne” and “Drown In It.”  The band continues to support their Rise Records debut, Everything You Ever Loved, released earlier this year.

Watch the performance below.

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Tours: Make Do And Mend / Seahaven / Young Statues

Make Do And MendMake Do And Mend has announced that they will be heading on tour with Seahaven and Young Statues.  The tour will run along the Canadian East Coast with select US dates.  The band last released Everything You Ever Loved on June earlier this year via Rise Records.

Tour dates can be found below.

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Tours: The World Is A Beautiful Place / I Am No Longer Afraid To Die / Slingshot Dakota

The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die have announced their fall tour with Topshelf Records label mates Slingshot Dakota. The tour kicks off October 17th in Boston, Maryland and works it’s way through the east. 

TWIABP are in the process of recording a new LP after a series EP releases. Slingshot Dakota‘s new album  Dark Hearts will be released November 6 through Topshelf Records.

Prior to the tour with Slingshot DakotaTWIABP will be playing two shows, one in New York and one In New Jersey.

A Complete list of dates can be seen below.

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Make Do and Mend – Lucky

Make Do And MendMake Do and Mend have released new song Lucky which can be heard below.

 The song will appear on the band’s upcoming second album Everything You Ever Loved, out June 19 on Rise Records.

The album is the first album to be released by the Connecticut band on Rise Records, having previously released albums on Paper + Plastick Records and Panic Records.

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Make Do And Mend Date New Album

Make Do And Mend

Make Do And Mend have announced that their Rise Records debut, Everything You’ve Ever Loved, will be released June 19th, 2012. The album follows their 2010 full length, End Measured Mile.

Track listing and album art can be found below.

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Video: Make Do and Mend – Unknowingly Strong (Acoustic)

Make Do And MendMake Do and Mend have posted their video for Unknowingly Strong (Acoustic). The track originally appeared in full band form on their 2010 album End Measured Mile and then received the acoustic treatment on their acclaimed 2011 EP, Part and Parcel.

The video is below.

The band is currently working on their Rise Records debut album which will be released this summer.

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Make Do And Mend Sign To Rise Records

Make Do And MendRise Records has signed previously Paper + Plastick Records group Make Do and Mend.  The band will be recording their next album for the label with their sights on a February 20, 2011 release.  

The album will follow 2010’s End Measured Mile, and their recent acoustic album. 

 

Make Do And Mend Streaming New Acoustic EP

Make Do And MendMake Do And Mend is streaming their first ever acoustic EP.  The disc is titled Part And Parcel, and was released yesterday via Paper + Plastick Records in varying vinyl colors.

Give the full disc a listen here.

Make Do And Mend – Home Away From Here (Touché Amore Cover)

Make Do And MendMake Do And Mend is streaming a cover of  Touché Amore‘s song “Home Away From Here.”  The song is set to appear on their upcoming Part & Parcel EP, due out November 22, 2011 via Paper + Plastick Records.

The song can be heard streamed over on the band’s Facebook profile.

Video: Make Do And Mend – Transparent Seas

Make Do And MendMake Do And Mend is offering fans a sneak peak of their upcoming animated music video for the song “Transparent Seas” over on Facebook.  The song originally appeared on the band’s 2010 full-length debut End Measured Mile (Paper + Plastick) with a reworked acoustic version set to appear on the band’s upcoming Part And Parcel EP to be released November 22, 2011.
 
The teaser can be viewed below.

Make Do And Mend Release Teaser For Animated Music Video

Make Do And MendMake Do And Mend is offering fans a sneak peak of their upcoming animated music video for the song “Unknowingly Strong” over on Facebook.  The song originally appeared on the band’s 2010 full-length debut End Measured Mile (Paper + Plastick) with a reworked acoustic version set to appear on the band’s upcoming Part And Parcel EP to be released November 22, 2011.
 
The teaser can be viewed here.

Make Do And Mend Announce Acoustic EP

Make Do And Mend

Make Do And Mend has announced that the group will be releasing their first ever acoustic EP.  The disc will be titled Part And Parcel, and is set for a November 22, 2011 release via Paper + Plastick Records in varying vinyl colors.

The EP includes three acoustic renditions of songs from their debut full-length End Measured Mile, accompanied by an acoustic version of “Coats,” from the Mixed Signals compilation, we well as a cover of Touché Amoré’s “Home Away From Here” and the brand new song“Untitled.” 

Absolutepunk.net has debuted the song “Unknowingly Strong” which can be listened to here.

Album art and track listing details can be found below.

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Tours: Senses Fail, Stick to Your Guns, Make Do and Mend, The Story So Far

Senses FailSenses Fail will be doing a run of Midwest and West Coast tour dates throughout the month of November. Spanning from November 4th until the 22nd, the tour kicks off in Detroit and will feature opening acts Stick To Your Guns, Make Do and Mend, and The Story So Far as they make their way across the country. Tickets go on sale to the public on September 15th.

In conjunction with the band’s upcoming tour, Senses Fail are releasing their fourth full length album, The Fire, on vinyl for the very first time.The Fire was released last October through Vagrant Records.

The vinyl release will be a limited one time run of 500 pieces (200 a red/yellow swirl, 200 an orange/brown swirl, and 100 a black 180gram), will be pressed and released through Mightier The Sword Records via a license from Vagrant Records.

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Run For Cover Records – Mixed Signals

Run For Cover Records are now streaming their compilation Mixed Signals on Bandcamp.

The twelve song compilation includes tracks by Polar Bear Club, Balance & Composure, Tigers Jaw, Hostage Calm, The Menzingers, and Daytrader to name a few.

Make Do And Mend – Coats

Make Do And MendA brand new song from Make Do And Mend can be heard over on Facebook.  The track is titled “Coats” and has the distinction of being part of the Run For Cover Records sampler, Mixed Signals. The song marks the group’s first new material since their 2010 effort, End Measured Mile (Paper + Plastick Records).

Head here to listen to the full track.

Tours: Balance And Composure, La Dispute, Make Do and Mend, Touche Amore (Eastern Canada)

Balance and ComposureBalance and Composure have announced that they will be heading north for an Eastern Canadian tour this July with Make Do and Mend and La Dispute. Touch Amore will also play on the first two dates in Ontario.

The dates are below.

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Reminder: Make Do & Mend Contest

Make Do and MendThis is just a friendly reminder that tonight is the last day to enter to win a unique prize pack courtesy of Make Do & Mend.

One lucky winner will walk away with not only a signed copy of the band’s critically acclaimed End Measured Mile album but also a hand-made mixtape featuring songs inspired by their track For A Dreamer.

Enter the contest here.

Reminder: Make Do & Mend Contest

Make Do and MendThis is just a friendly reminder that tonight is the last day to enter to win a unique prize pack courtesy of Make Do & Mend.

One lucky winner will walk away with not only a signed copy of the band’s critically acclaimed End Measured Mile album but also a hand-made mixtape featuring songs inspired by their track For A Dreamer.

Enter the contest here.

Contest: Win A Make Do And Mend Signed CD & Mixtape

Make Do And MendMake Do And Mend released their critically acclaimed album, End Measured Mile, last year on Paper + Plastick Records.

After sitting on the album sometime, the band has teamed up with several websites to offer streams of the entire album and to give away exclusives mix tapes inspired by different songs on the album.  We’re extremely pleased to share with you the song For A Dreamer along with the nine song mix tape inspired by the track.

You can listen to the song and see the track list for the mix tape below; but that’s not all! No, we’re also giving away the actual mix tape – in glorious cassette form and put together by the band themselves. On top of that rare prize, the winner will also win a signed copy of End Measured Mile. Enter to win below.

Don’t forget, you can also pick up a copy of End Measured Mile on CD, Vinyl or through iTunes.
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Contest: Win A Make Do And Mend Signed CD & Mixtape

Make Do And MendMake Do And Mend released their critically acclaimed album, End Measured Mile, last year on Paper + Plastick Records.

After sitting on the album sometime, the band has teamed up with several websites to offer streams of the entire album and to give away exclusives mix tapes inspired by different songs on the album.  We’re extremely pleased to share with you the song For A Dreamer along with the nine song mix tape inspired by the track.

You can listen to the song and see the track list for the mix tape below; but that’s not all! No, we’re also giving away the actual mix tape – in glorious cassette form and put together by the band themselves. On top of that rare prize, the winner will also win a signed copy of End Measured Mile. Enter to win below.

Don’t forget, you can also pick up a copy of End Measured Mile on CD, Vinyl or through iTunes.
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