One of the latest additions to the current emo revival is Asheville, NC’s Muscle & Bone. “Peace And Light” is the follow-up to the band’s self-titled EP and on it they crank out eleven tunes that according to the bio sheet see them ‘picking apart elements from hardcore, pop, emo and 90s rock as they continue to weave dark lyrics and themes with a more straightforward approach’. In other words, they are doing the same thing as all the other emo bands before them. And after them.
It’s not that “Peace And Light” is a bad album. But I sat through the entire thing a couple of times and found that nothing lingers afterwards. It’s just an ongoing slew of mostly slowly strummed guitars, shuffling drums and let’s face it, not the best vocals you’re likely to run into this year.
Somewhere on the album vocalist Robert Travis lets us know that ‘all I want is to be forgotten’. There… done!