Pompano Beach¹s Further Seems Forever began its career in 2000 with heartthrob extraordinaire Chris Carrabba on the mic. He left to form Dashboard Confessional in 2001, and FSF proceeded to go through several lineup changes and relationship woes, all while watching Carrabba claw his way out of Florida to be crowned the unofficial King of Teenage Angst. After regrouping, the quintet, with new singer Jason Gleason, released How to Start a Fire in 2003. While the album, musically, was tighter than spandex shorts in August, it never really diverged from the band¹s original formula: predictable lyrics about love and loss coupled with well-worn guitar work.
Unfortunately, the latest disc is more of the same. On Hide Nothing, lead singer number three, Jon Bunch of the now-defunct punk band Sense Field, shows off his impressive set of pipes and the band has built a more musically intricate foundation. "Already Gone" and "Bleed" trade pummeling guitar-and-drum parts like friendly fire. But the songs seem to flow into one another, linked by interchangeable lyrics ("You can't help but feel alone/All the times we were losing sight/There¹s no shadows/There's no light" on "Like Someone You Know" "There's so much worth living for/Make it a part of you and me" on "Make It a Part." Bunch has given the band a promising new start, but its next album has to do something that sets it apart from the rest of the bands with two adjectives, a noun, and a day of the week in it. One word: klezmer.