When it comes to post-rock, we can be selective. There's a whole world out there with Explosions in the Sky-clones and Godspeed You! Black Emperor worshippers that it can be hard to weed out the groundbreaking talent from the outright copycats. Basically, picking bands with refreshing cinematic ideas than the usual regurgitation of crescendos that lead to melodically boring and even cheesy climaxes (also known as "crescendo-core"). Luckily, one of the former just happens to be one of the bigger bands in the genre: This Will Destroy You.
The group, endearingly abbreviated as TWDY, has been around for only ten years but they've garnered a considerable following worldwide with three albums, the latest being Another Language. While TWDY generously employ epic crescendos in their songs, they've grown to be more thoughtful with compositions that genuinely surprise and grip us with every album.
Having made an impactful debut here with a sold-out gig (along with an impromptu second set the same night), they'll be back again in June thanks to Symmetry Entertainment — this time at The Substation. If the queues at the first show were anything to go by, tickets will fly so best to get yours soon. To celebrate, here are our five favourite TWDY songs that absolutely shatter us to pieces.
THIS WILL DESTROY YOU - LIVE IN SG
1. WAR PRAYER
A deep cut off the new album to start! Highly driven by atmosphere as usual but more reminiscent of moody film soundtracks. Great use of droning synths and violins which lead up into a climax worthy of the band name.
A prime sky-gazing song. Don’t believe us? Go to the nearest open field at night —especially the ones in Sengkang, they’re the best — get a good pair of earphones and indulge.
3. THE WORLD IS OUR _____.
...Oyster? Playground? Kitchen? The band may leave it to our imaginations with the title but the song conjures no impressionistic mystery — gleaming melodies with confrontational metal riffage and surprising electronic BEATS towards the end, one of their most straightforward and accessible tunes.
4. KILLED THE LORD, LEFT FOR THE NEW WORLD
Dizzying instrumentation that remind us of the great Tim Hecker, this is probably one of their most experimental songs yet and it’s so damn emotional. The militant drums at 3:28 gets us every time, dissolving into a thick fog of drone that consumes you whole. Hnnnnggggghhh
Emotional and tempestuous, it betrays the title of the song by the second half (which is a good thing). A prime example of "crescendo-core" done right.