The Myriad hits harder than Copeland but the fingerprints you see on their album, You Can’t Trust A Ladder, are Aaron Marsh’s. With the same angst but a bit more rock, the Myriad sorts through feelings of confusion and frustration, and a bit of hope thrown in for good measure.


YOU CAN'T TRUST A LADDER

(2005) Music Review


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1. 10,000 x 10,000 Listen
2. Stretched Over Listen
3. When Fire Falls Listen
4. Last Time Listen
5. Perfect Obligation Listen
6. Tethered Listen
7. Godray Listen
8. A New Language Listen
9. Nothing Is Safe Listen
10. We Will Be Disappointed Together Listen

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The MyriadTitle: You Can't Trust a Ladder
Artist: The Myriad
Label: Word Entertainment

The Myriad proves why they have been such a buzz band on the West Coast-intelligent lyrics, solid hooks and music more reminiscent of bands from Europe than from the U.S.

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The Myriad hits harder than Copeland but the fingerprints you see on their album, You Can’t Trust A Ladder, are Aaron Marsh’s. With the same angst but a bit more rock, the Myriad sorts through feelings of confusion and frustration, and a bit of hope thrown in for good measure.

In “Stretched Over,” the Myriad sees a malnourished (abused?) woman and is forced to recognize her existence, rather than going on with no impact or care for her. In “10,000 x 10,000,” freedom is offered up, and dreams may be lost forever, but heaven and its protective angels are close. Lead singer Jeremy Edwardson sings that “ I’ve given all I have/and I’ve given my whole soul/I’m ready to go.” The commitment is absolute and it encompasses more than just a limited, time-based existence. The place to arrive into is unclear, but the out of is the negative situation that the singer finds himself in presently.

The world appears dark but the Myriad questions whether “we” will be the lights that shine in “The Last Time.” Edwardson questions, “Are we then dim souls, the songless ones, the faint?...in the hour of longing, we will spark a myriad of lights.” Hope does exist but so does temptation. In “Perfect Obligations,” there is a line that was crossed, and he requires the “ white out grace to wash me clean please.” White-out only blots out the fault, it doesn’t take it away, but at least the problem is covered up. That appears to be what the Myriad seeks, as in “ just one look you pardon away the nature inside of me.” Still, doubt and ‘curses’ seem to hold hope from completely taking root in the frustration of the band.
The Other is “forever” in “Godray,” and this allows the last three songs to carry a measure of hope. In “A New Language,” Edwardson sings, “ I’ll find a pattern of hope in us/I’ll find a reason for holding on/I’ll find a pattern of hope and hold on.” The future might hold the hope the Myriad desires but it must be waited for (holding onto love), as “Nothing is Safe” and “ We will be disappointed together” suggest. The Myriad are troubles by the sadness that they find around them and long to be taken out of the situation, but they know it’s not their time.

Emo rock and roll has a new member (one that came to its beginning at the turn of the century) and now is gaining moment. Hope for the future…isn’t that what we all want? I like their sound but I wish for the Myriad, just a little bit more.

 
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