Letlive was mainly just another hardcore band trying to make it big with their ’05 release of Speak Like You Talk they fell into the poop along with many other hardcore acts during that time. From 2004 to 2010 hardcore music was still struggling to break into the mainstream and trying get a bigger audience in a scene with bands like Attack Attack! and The Devil Wears Prada dominating the scene. It wasn’t until 2010 the California natives broke the mold and came out with their most aggressively creative at the time. “Fake History” is credited as being one the reasons that hardcore music is important in today’s world, the politically charged record made the band who they are today
“Fake History” is a very raw and technical record, from start to finish unlike their newer releases its very rough around the edges, Jason Aalon Butler meets and exceeds his limits the whole the record is centered around his vocals and lyrics , Renegade 86’ demonstrates him going out of his safe space and experimenting with how his voice works with different melodies and switching between screaming and singing makes so easy. Enemies carries the same theme from the songs before but brings the band itself up front the melodies that both guitarists Jean Nascimento and Jeff Sahyoun mix with Butler vocals are some of the best song crafted in the last 6 years. The album is many different sides to it, a straight hardcore sound and a melodic face to it with Muther it shows the band isn’t afraid to be different in order to be the best and it does pay off. Letlive manage to stray from what other hardcore bands do by keeping it simple, and they stand out Homeless Jazz has an awkward timing patterns but it works, the harmonies intertwined with Butler unique voice is something the scene needs more of.
Fake History is a testament of what hardcore and post hardcore can be with melodic and so much more, letlive deserve more credit for bringing new life to an old genre. Since Fake History made its mark, the hardcore scene hasn’t been the same we’ve seen vast improvements and more experimental songs coming out.
Review By: Raza Malik