Straylight Run have gotten a lot of shit over the past couple of years because of former Taking Back Sunday singer/guitarist John Nolan and bassist Shaun Cooper supposedly turned into piano ballad loving pussies. And while Straylight Run may be tamer than the in-your-face pop-punk that was Taking Back Sunday, the only reason they got such a bad rep. is because their biggest song ("Existentialism on Prom Night") was in fact a slow, beautiful, piano ballad. Their music can be loud and heavy (think old school Manchester Orchestra and Kevin Devine) which is where this demo comes in. Sure it has their "hit" song on it but songs like "The Tension and the Terror" and "It's Everybody's Fault But Mine" prove they can hold their own as a rock band (just listen to the pounding ending of "Mistakes We Knew.." if you need more convincing). They just let out a new ep called About Time and it's one of my favorite releases of theirs to date.
1. It’s Everybody’s Fault But Mine
2. Existentialism on Prom Night
3. A Slow Descent
4. It’s For The Best
5. Mistakes We Knew We Were Making
6. The Tension and the Terror
8. Play Crack the Sky (Brand New cover with Jesse Lacey)