Last month, local emo crew Placeholder released its second full length album. I Don’t Need Forgiveness expands on their 2011 release Nothing Is Pure, especially in the way of adding even more post-hardcore elements to their punk/emo sound. Taking cues from bands like Sunny Day Real Estate, the vocals creep out from the blistering music in a way that really makes every song feel cohesive.
The album opens up with the impressive guitar work and vocals on “Don’t Look Back,” which is bound to be a crowd pleaser live. With riffs that are equal parts catchy and raw, Placeholder makes music that makes you want to move. In addition, they have the emotional charge to add a heavy sense of meaning to the album. With lyrics like “I was ten / and in love / with the next door neighbor / When she went above / Daddy always said: keep your distance / don’t you know it’s not for you? / I am nothing! / I am dirt!” vocalist Brandon Gepfer relives past disappointments that just seem to keep hanging around.
Placeholder recorded this album with Justin Pizzoferrato, who is best known for his work with Dinosaur Jr. and Sonic Youth. Pizzoferrato definitely helped Placeholder in their quest for expanding their alt-rock sound and making it sound more full.
You can stream the album below, or pick it up on bandcamp. Also below, watch a video for their single “Above” and check out their upcoming tour dates; the band is currently on the way down to Gainesville, Fl. for Fest.
Black Numbers Records, I Don't Need Forgiveness, Placeholder