02. The One Armed Boxer vs. The Flying Guillotine
03. Note To Self
04. Note To Self
05. I Liked You Better Before You Were Naked On The Internet
06. Featuring Some Of Your Favorite Words
09. Populace In Two
10. Kiss Me, I'm Contagious
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Dear Diary, My Teen Angst Has A Body Count
From First To Last
"Diversity, textures, the kitchen sink -- they're all here for you on Dear Diary, especially if melodic post-hardcore that uses electronics, acoustic passages and, as drummer Derek Bloom says, "head banging like there's no tomorrow" turns your crank." -- Kevin Stewart-Panko (AP)
What sets From First To Last apart from the rest is their stunningly dynamic musical range. Their melodies soar, their hardcore breakdowns are crushingly brutal and it's all sewn together with a subtle intricacy that defies the imganination. Don't miss this highly original debut L.P.
Dear Diary, My Teen Angst Has A Body Count
From First To Last
produced by from first to last and lee dyess.
engineered and mixed by lee dyess in valdosta, GA at earthsound recording in february of 2004
mastered by brian gardner
design by nick pritchard www.metrosea.com
band photography by adam krause
all music by from first to last (c)2004 dead baby kickball (ASCAP)
worldwide representation by tim smith (hTIMs)
legal representation by scott bradford
special thanks to special thanks to derek hall, david ambulance and guest rap vocals by Major League Playa (M.L.P.)
derek thanks my bad ass parents, my uncle r.b., shane lopez, chad crews, adam payne,
ryan gimme, austin delgadillo, eurotrash devon, david, marya, adam "ira" krause aka jewbacca, summer (the person), rob chase and andrea bohmer or currently referred to as mrs. rob
chase...the most disgustingly brutal married couple ever, mike meanstreets, kickball katy, my
man fran with the spraycans, sam schryver and la mugre clothing, jean luc at headline
records, nick at epitaph for never answering my IMs, alex and reggie of the pch club (rip) for
creating a positive environment, encouraging kids to learn about music and sticking around
after everyone else has seemed to have lost interest.
matt thanks my mom, my sister, meme and papa, martine, kym, marya, raul, nick@epitaph,
brett@epitaph, david ass orlando, a$hley, xjustinx, erin, fat scott, jen norris, chris strand, erica, missy, steve pullman, tj mark jd and dan from spitalfield, beau justin chris anthony and alex from saosin, ben scott and brian from FATA, grant from underoath, james from
copeland,josh and jason from evergreen terrace, rob ed vinny alexis antonio pete kevin and
everyone else who has partaken in the adventure that is the prizefighter, angel@equalvision
smally, ry ry, carl ferret, bob 4leaf, michele, kathi, tim "the viking" smith, richard, stephanie and chris from drive thru, and anyone else who's helped me out along the way that I forgot
xjonx thanks my parents gene and tina, chad crews, david ambulance, adam krause, brian
and marta and bleeding through, johnny cupcakes and on broken wings, tj, mark and
spitalfield, chris and everyone in saosin, thrashcore austin, black metal devon, sara cunningham, sara march, raul, laurpartyprogram, dc adam, alex eff, mel b, camille, nick jacobs, robyn, nick and brett at epitaph records, fat scott, rickyXterror, ashley, chris tate, tim the viking, lee "dies", david at inksmith and rogers tattoo, jax, fl; venice dave, brittan, britni, the amazing marya, shane, marin MI, jaime666, grindasfuck eric, martine, casey of delaware, smalley, ry ry and ben of from autumn to ashes, the prizefighter and everyone in strong island, ny; anthony green, jang wuk lee for being so loyal to his friends and his community, and especially jean luc at headline records for catering to my ever-changing musical taste for all these years.
sonny thanks my parents, joe cali, sean friday/AKA-Fritog, mat j, ryan j, evan thomas, clint
and mark, sean is face, dino from laid to rest, jr. from D.O.O., dian key, aphex twin, bjork and sigur ros, michelle and jessy, alex scott, the travolta family and all of the people that work at the house, all the people at epitaph, and all of my friends that have supported me and my music for the past few years. thank you.
travis thanks travis - my band bros, tim the viking, jeremy and dennis, nicci, blake and the last try dudes, lee dyess with earthsound recording (email@example.com), mr. & mrs. bloom,
tyson, daniel, capt. hogwash, tim dix, sweet tea, my family, bob farley, jena, the jesus, tyson at retro star clothing, craig and his baby and his babys mama, all the crucial dudes in evergreen
terrace, justin from valdosta, justin xxx, david, richard and stephanie, nick, matt, brett, uncle eddie, max, rusty, smallville, harry potter, marya, camille chad crews thanks... my mom dad and sister, my lauren, dave@ezekiel clothing, pete viele, joe cheshire, scott beibin, rickyxterror, raul, jasper and breaking the sky, spitalfield, orchid, nick pritchard, jeromes dream, daughters,
tanner olson, and especially jon, matt, derek, sonny and travis for being some of my best friends and letting me be a part of this.
from first to last thanks : esp guitars, pork pie drums, mesa boogie, ezekiel clothing, adio shoes, la mugre clothing, johnny cupcakes clothing, inkpoison clothing, retrostar clothing, chad
crews clothing and design, obey, midway drive clothing, bob at four leaf recordings, brett and epitaph records, tim smith at black sheep fellowship, nick and metro/sea visual havoc,
radiotakeover, graham at smartpunk.com, lee dyess at earthsound recording, brian gardner
at burni grundman mastering lab, kathi at the syndicate, angel at equal vision records, ian and merch now, lauren from atlanta, derek hall, MLP, kevin lyman and warped tour, richard,
stephanie and chris at drive thru records, adam krause, thescout.net, jon wark at
absolutepunk.net, spitalfield, saosin, alexisonfire, from autumn to ashes, every time I die, cave in, the prizefighter, evergreen terrace, casey jones, varg v., underoath, salem, the bled, name taken, anyone that has ever let us sleep on their floor or eaten their food and everyone who has
supported us along the way
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US Rel. Date: 06/29/2004
EU Rel. Date: 06/28/2004
"One of the Epitaph roster's latest -- and perhaps finest -- additions is LA based From First To Last, whose debut finds the act sluggin' some serious home runs. Lifting a couple of pointers from the playbooks of successful acts like At The Drive-In, Poison The Well and Thrice, From First To Last's delicate balance of pummeling metallic hardcore and sugary double vocal lines is occasionally disrupted by an overly clichéd lyric -- but they're too far and few between even to take notice. Add the bombastic production, and Dear Diary, My Teen Angst Has A Bodycount is a respectable rookie disc that should carry FFTL to the major leagues in no time."
Yes, this is yet another band doing the scream-whiny sing-scream switcheroo. But when they scream, boy do they ever. From First To Last does a much more convincing job, bringing a level of hardcore MTV would never accept (we can hope). The band ends up sounding more like Thrice than SOTY at times with the double bass drum in "Note to Self" or "Ride the Wings of Pestilence", but they more often sound like The Bled such as in "Secrets Don't Make Friends" and the wicked breakdown of "Kiss Me I'm Contagious."
Smack in between the two previously mentioned songs is "Populace in Two" a melodic ditty remniscant of Brand New, especially the lyrics which even mention Morrissey. Then even stranger is "I Liked You Better Before You were Naked on the Internet", funny title aside, which sounds like it could have been an outtake from Blink 182's session for their newest album: boomy drum loop, synths, and a dead-on Tom DeLonge impression switching to a Mark impersonator halfway. "The One Armed Boxer vs. The Flying Guillotine" is perhaps the best mix of all on the album, changing tempos and dynamics well, with harsh screams balanced out by piercing melodies, and the previously mentioned "Note to Self" is another winner on the album in that respect.
And then there's "Emily", a song of long distance romance, which starts out as a promising acoustic track with two guitars that arpeggiate in harmony. Then the vocals come in and I'm slightly let down, but still it's not too bad. There is another cool acoustic tune in "Minuet", (which actually could be defined a minuet classically...thank you music degree...) and this time there are no vocals to drag it down. It's more of an interlude than anything, but it is nice to have this variety and to make the acoustic songs a pair rather than just one tacked-on.
Closer "Ride the Wings of Pestilence" has a drawn out breakdown with crunchy lows and screeching high guitars to end the album on a good point... but wait! There is an unlisted 12th track! It sounds fine for two minutes, and then: rapping. Yes, rapping. Maybe they got the idea from label mates Bad Religion, but really now. I dropped my top hat as the entire Monopoly trio in my apartment became instantly silent, turning to gawk at the CD player. Major League Playa is the guy's moniker, and he sure did take us by surprise. To make things even sillier, as his rap is ending, the band comes in with Cradle of Filth style multi-layer screams. Demonic screams. And they go out with a repetitive Filth style keyboard riff and a robot voice saying "Fuuuuuck Yooouu." Why? They should have ended the album a track early, or ended this track three minutes early. Points off for that.
While there are a lot of bands doing the bipolar tender-meets-hardcore thing, what gives this band an advantage is the extremes of each, especially the harder sections. They sell it. Plus, they are more like tri-polar, or throw in the rap for maybe quad-polar? Not bad for a debut full length, perhaps they can distance themselves even further from the (so-called) "screamo" pack. So, my Monopoly party was not ruined; thank you From First To Last.
Average Fan Rating: 4.51
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