HTP REVIEW By Max Puhala
I Am The Seer – Rock, Alternative, EasyCore, Pop Punk, Ambience – San Antonio, Texas
When I was thirteen, I remember going to the record store and buying my first ever Green Day album. Then, during my Freshman year of high school, I remember borrowing “From Here to Infirmary” by The Alkaline Trio from one of my good friends and being blown away. Even after that, there was a time in college when everyone was talking about The Get Up Kids, and during my first listen, I instantly fell in love with those jangly, midwestern emo guitars. Today, a new band out of San Antonio, i Am the Seer (a name which will inevitably be perpetually autocorrected to I Am the Seer), has just hit the scene, and they have the impeccable ability to perfectly combine the sounds and styles from each of these eras of my youth into one awesome melting pot of nostalgia.
i Am the Seer dropped a strong debut EP this year, entitled “Reveal Yourself”, featuring six impressive, no-nonsense, instantly likeable anthems about growing up in such a tough world. Opening track, “Nothing”, is a heavy-hitter that immediately grabs your attention, both with the catchy vocal lines and harmonies, and the forceful guitar tones. After playing some pretty straightforward melodic punk for the first half the song takes a quick turn during the bridge as the band proves they can handle more than just power chords. Charming lead guitar lines slow down the feel of the song, and it ends the track on a poignant note showcasing the sophistication of this band’s musical composition.
The interesting writing choices throughout the album highlight the refined aspects of i Am the Seer’s sound, which gets more and more enjoyable with each song. The diversity and versatility of this group also begin to shine through even more the deeper you delve into this EP. “Crashing” has a Thrice-inspired, almost post rock section, and “Most Importantly” combines the best elements of the Fall Out Boy brand of pop punk with the more aggressive side of early Swellers songs from the “My Everest” era. The emotional heaviness even comes close to matching Pianos Become the Teeth at times, which is something you would never think was possible from an unsigned punk band, and yet here it is.
Being an extremely cultured band pays off because there is something for everyone. People who gravitate towards heavier music will love the powerful sections in “The Reminder” and the title track, punk fans will enjoy this release front to back, and those in-between will certainly appreciate many aspects of it.
But isn’t that the beauty of music? There’s always something new to appreciate. Yesterday, I had no idea this band even existed, but ever since I heard them, I’ve been blasting their EP nonstop in my car every chance I get. So go ahead and do yourself a favor… give the album a spin as soon as you can because, i Am the Seer has an extremely distinctive sound that’s an ecclectic collection of countless bands that I’ve loved throughout my life, and I’m sure you’ll find something to love in them too.