And Then There Were None is a band that can't be lumped into any specific category of dance, indie, pop or punk. Sure they are on the top Myspace charts nearly every week. Sure they've toured the US with the Millionaires and Hyper Crush. Sure they have conquered both the m/etal and indie/dance/pop punk worlds with huge success. But And Then There Were None is different. And Then There Were None uses their success for the greater good. And Then There Were None have will realized the unique potential to be more than just a band. They can even be found "pedicabbing" in nearby Newburyport, MA. That's right, the guys of And Then There Was None have personally escorted civilians around town on bicycle-cabs! The guys have worked for tips, which are all donated to the Dana Farber Charity. Frontman Matt Rhoades says, "We drive you around town and take you wherever you want to go. Not only is this a fun night, but its for a great cause. Make a difference with us."
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Who Will Speak for animals?| Posted April 15, 2009
Since And Then There Were None is a relatively new band here are three fun facts about one of Tooth and Nail’s latest artist: 1. the band was once a heavy rock band before converting to techno/dance/pop. 2. They are vegetarians and, as a band, are very vocal about the ‘wrongs’ of killing animals for-gasp!-food! 3. They also are kicking off their musical career with their finely tuned debut Who Speaks for Planet Earth.
For those who heard Code of Ethics CD, Lost in Egypt (which released three weeks before And Then There Were None’s disc), and wanted something more energetic and creative well this is certainly their album. Representing the album’s whole sound is “John Orr the Arsonist” which quickly jumps into a fast paced techno pop/rock tune with plenty of synth and continues throughout the entire song with some sprinkles of punk to help the extremely catchy song. The first half of the CD is strong all the way with the muffled vocals and artistic background music on “Action Is The Anecdote”, the smart use with the piano to help the melancholy sound on “the atmosphere”, and “cloak and dagger” which sports an intense techno sound with an alternative influence.
Although the overall strength of the music is great, the changes made to make the second half of the eleven track CD diverse wasn’t as crisp. The different vocals are distracting and prevent the alterative leaning techno “the Alamo” from becoming an epic it was probably supposed to be. The negative change that encased “right here waiting” is that there was no change as it faded simply to a fun techno punk song and the light sound of “bed of nails” is pretty weak. But the overall potency is high with “insozzz...” and "Reinventing Robert Cohn", wa hich is a tremendously catchy and explosive as it represents the pinnacle of the album and probably where the band will go: more emo rock influenced techo, punk rock and.
The record label held a contest that challenged fans to send the exact lyrics of "Reinventing Robert Cohn" back to Tooth and Nail. Meaning that their electronic music was so fast paced that it’s difficult to pick up what the band is saying much less understand the messages. It would be nice to say “the hospital” means Christ with ‘just ‘say you will take me/and I’ll be happy’ but it’s unlikely when the songs constantly talk about ‘she’. The tale of John Orr’s life as an arsonist, while posing to be a heroic firefighter is detailed in “John Orr the Arsonist” and shares the message of the destruction of pride.
Who will speak for planet earth? Good question, but a better one might be what does the word ‘Earth’ represent? The sinful people of this planet or a planet we must save from global warming and the animal life who are ‘disgustingly’ killed. What the band is passionate about doesn’t really amount up to God and neither do their lyrics. So will fans flock to the infectious techno dance beats and fluff of Who Will Speak for Planet Earth, or will fans simply replay the less-exciting Eleventyseven’s Galactic Conquest over again for the wholesome lyrics.
A Solid Techno Rock Album| Posted May 26, 2009
This album is probably one of the best surprises of the year so far. These guys used to be a metalcore band but have switched it up to the techno rock style and wow is it good. Full of techno goodies this album is pretty much just one big 40 minute dance party. The only small complaint I have with this album is that the lead singer's voice is kind of a little high pitched (but it works) and his voice seems more suited to the metalcore that they used to do. Overall, a most excellent debut for this band and I hope that they put out more amazing stuff like this on future releases.
Electronica, techno, and dance...| Posted June 07, 2010
...some of the best genres in the industry, and this album packs 'em in! with driving synths and pounding bass in each song, the energy never dies even when the tempo slows. their use of a variety of instruments and sounds keeps each song fresh and unique even though the general feel of the album remains the same through each track. the lyrics aren't that incredible, however, and really don't mean much to the listener. it's a lot of open-ended poetry. not my favorite style, but the music more than makes up for it!
the vocalist really adds so much to the music and just floods the songs with emotion and passion. and he really has a talented, ear-pleasing voice that is as good as any synth...
the main cons are the lyrics, which while not bad, aren't really anything incredible. i bought a few tracks, but don't feel horrible about not owning every song. looking forward to their next release!
Love it!!| Posted January 06, 2010
The album Who Speaks For Planet Earth by And Then There Were None is such a great album. The upbeat techno/pop sound is something that many people will enjoy. I really like their songs Thank The Watchmaker and Right Here Waiting.
"And Then" there was a great album!| Posted March 16, 2009
And Then There Were None's (ATTWN) debut album, Who Speaks For Planet Earth? is an outstanding effort from the new Tooth and Nail band from Salem, NH. Taking their cue from recent dance rock efforts by, Family Force 5 and Krystal Meyers, ATTWN takes it a step (or two) further and the result is a collection of 11 Club ready dance anthems that are sure to get you dancing! While the names of the songs are reminiscant of bands like Underoath, long and leaves you wondering what they have to do with the song, the lyrics are rather thoughtful and poetic. Songs like "Hospital" and "Atmosphere" are fun dance anthems on the surface, but if you dig deep enough there is an intelligent and intellectual core. "Reinventing Robert Cohn" deals with temptation in a tactful way, but is Radio friendly to the Christian media and also the Mainstream market.
The bands Punk roots shine through on the entire album, both vocally and musically, "Action Is The Anecdote" starts off as a punk ballad, but quickly transforms into a dance/electro ballad, complete with layering in crowd noise for a great effect. "The Alamo" & "Insozzz..." are the only places on the album I have any quibbles, and that is only because they are toned down and not as fun as their predecessors. Oh, did I mention there is a cover of Richard Marx's "Right Here Waiting"?
While ATTWN is no Daft Punk or Moby, they sure are making a name for themselves. Give them a chance, and they may quickly become your favorite Veggetarians.