CD Review: Straight Line Stitch / The Fight Of Our Lives
Reviewed by: Justin Bartz
Are you ready for March 22nd? You should have this written on your calendar! You don’t? What do you mean you don’t? That just happens to be the day that The Fight Of Our Lives by Straight Line Stitch is coming out! Everybody should know that! Nevermind, I didn’t either until I got to review it. Now I definitely have the day marked so I can pick up the album when it comes out.
For those who don’t know much about Straight Line Stitch, they hail from Knoxville, TN. Their lead singer, Alexis Brown, has one hell of a voice and can scream with the best of them while maintaining the ability to sing as well, an intriguing contrast throughout The Fight Of Our Lives. The rest of the band is made up of Seth Thacker on guitar, Jason White on bass, Kanky Lora on drums and Kris Norris on guitar. Far from a novelty act with a mediocre female lead vocalist, Straight Line Stitch is pretty hardcore at every position, somwhat reminiscent of Otep.
The band has prided themselves on putting the work in throughout their career, taking the necessary steps to grow. They’ve certainly stuck to their beliefs while progressing musically as a band over the last two or three years from their previous album When Skies Wash Ashore through present day. I think people who have been fans of the band for a long time will be very pleased with The Fight Of Our Lives. There’s an evolving maturity in the band’s lyrics without drastically changing their sound from the previous album like so many bands do leaving their fans in a momentary shock wondering what the hell happened.
The band worked with legendary producer Johnny K on this album. Johnny is best known for his work with bands like Disturbed, Sevendust and Machine Head and his presence is felt throughout. There are definitely some mosh-worthy songs on the album, and Alexis delivers like a champ showing her diversity throughout. After the first couple of spins, I have “Conversion” and “No Tomorrow” on repeat and fast favorites. There are plenty of songs where Brown really gets to showcase her insane singing ability as well, like “Cold Front”.
I’ve yet to see Straight Line Stitch live, and I’ve read good and bad things about them. That’s the danger of reviews though, and I’ll end up seeing them for myself to draw my own conclusions but I have a feeling I won’t be disappointed. This album is one that begs to be heard live.
Do yourself a favor and check the new tracks out wherever you can. You can pre-order the album on iTunes for $7.99! Otherwise, if you didn’t have them marked before, mark your calendars now! You can watch their video for “Conversion” below as well and visit their MySpace page for a full listing of tour dates.