With the 2016 release of the Outgrown Things EP, Movements set out to make their mark on the emo scene.

Touring with the likes of Real Friends, Have Mercy and Hotel books, the Californian Post-Hardcore band came out swinging.

Cementing their name as one of the true up-and-comers of the ever active music community. Now, with the release of their debut album Feel Something the band are out once again, but this time to prove that they don’t plan on staying in the small leagues for much longer.

Feel Something’s first few moments are less an introduction and more a statement of intent. Immediately opening with an ominous guitar riff before vocalist Patrick Miranda’s voice somberly cuts through the sonic void. “I’m tearing apart at the seams”.

Right from the get go its important to single out the sheer passion woven throughout Miranda’s lyricism. It’s really something special and only gets more intense as the album progresses. Tracks like Colorblind, Fever Dream and Suffer Through particularly end up feeling like an exorcism of the bands inner demons and struggles, making for a cathartic listening experience.

Musically the group stick to their roots, if you’ve enjoyed any of the band’s previous works you’ll be very pleased to find that Feel Something doesn’t push the boat out too far. The heavy post-hardcore inspired riffs and crushing percussion are here in spades and they’ve never sounded better. Meanwhile, the calmer, introspective spoken word segments featured in older tracks like Projection and Nineteen have found themselves a home within Full Circle and The Grey respectively.

If there’s one label you can’t pin on Movements its ‘one-note’, as each track feels genuinely unique from the others. Daylily specifically voices the bands softer side, allowing flowing guitars to carry the song while bright melodies explode and intertwine with the song’s desperate and pleading tone. It’s a beautiful track and something really new and outlandish for the band.

It’s almost hard to believe that a band of only four members manage to pack so much into their songs. Each member subtly adds their own style and flair to the tracks, resulting in some really special performances throughout the record’s duration. Austin Cressey’s stomping bass riff in Deep Red; Spencer York’s subtle ghost notes and drum rolls on Deadly Dull; Ira George’s crushing guitar work in Suffer Through and the aggressive shouts throughout Third Degree all merge into extremely memorable musical moments.

Feel Something is a special record, a collection of songs that speak volumes for the band’s progression thus far. The lyrical themes and refined instrumentation are more than enough to keep listeners thoroughly entertained and are also sure to explode live. In terms of the record as a whole it flows nicely and does well to not outstay its welcome. Despite the very direct and intimate subject matters the band tackle it never feels like an uncomfortable or awkward listen unlike some of the group’s peers. Whatever they produce next, Movements have set themselves a very high bar to top.

We rate:
4.5 rating