The Ongoing Concept is, without a doubt, one of the most unique bands in the alternative/metal/hardcore music scene today. They are a band of brothers plus one—Dawson, Kyle, and Parker Scholz, along with friend TJ Nichols—who are a powerhouse of chaotic sound. Handmade proves that with every track.
“Amends” kicks off the album with attitude. Starting with snapping fingers and a sassy drum beat, the song lets you know you’re in for a ride with this record. Horns and a big band sound guide you from the very beginning, in addition to the aggressive guitars and vocals. The chorus makes you want to dance and the verse makes you want to start a fight. “Feel” is much like “Amends” in its feisty sound, and its chorus is another that makes you want to get down with your bad self and then some. These two tracks start the album off strong and are reflective of the unconventional sound of the record.
“Prisoner” has a more rock and roll vibe to it and, although still a great song, is not as fun as the first two that begin Handmade. “Melody”, one of the most eclectic songs on the album, is a depart from the screams and loud guitars. It projects a more folky, summer vibe with a catchy, sweet chorus: “Come back, come back to me/ Don’t turn your back on me/ Come back, come back to me.”
“Unwanted” is one that, after hearing, is hard to forget. The verse is belligerent, but the chorus is vivid, memorable, and definitely a sing-a-long. It switches back and forth between melodic and turbulent, much like the lyrics: “I wanna fall in love and I wanna fall in love with you/ You’re everything I’ve wanted/That’s it. I’m sick of it all. I can’t keep my mouth shut anymore/ I’m not your pawn. I’ll break your vice. I won’t idolize the unwanting.” It’s an emotional ride.
“Soul” is next on the record and is another rock anthem that catches you by the ear and doesn’t let you go. “I sold my soul to the devil”, the theme of the song repeated on a number of occasions, caters to the darker side of vices, temptation, and how far one is willing to go to get what he or she wants. “Falling” closes out the record with a passionate showcase and was definitely the right choice of song to end Handmade. With an amazing bridge full of emotion and powerful vocals, the end gave me goosebumps and, just like that, I fell in love with The Ongoing Concept.
by Kelly Fay