Bear Your Mind may only be the second full length album from Nashville based band Free Throw, but just a few listens left me feeling like this band had been around for much longer and that I was instead listening to the release of a fourth or fifth album, due to how well put together it is.
Bear Your Mind is an album that can be listened to in its entirety over and over again without getting bored and the tracks provide a release for any mood you may be in. The album starts with the stripped back and acoustic track Open Window. It took me a few listens to enjoy this song – it worked well and eased the rest of the album in nicely, but it took me a while to stop thinking it would sound better at the end of the album as a bonus track. Still, this method works well – a more laid back intro has proven to draw fans in time and time again before the heavier music starts – and it grew on me.
Rinse, Repeat immediately ups the pace and by this song I know I’m going to enjoy the rest of the album. The catchy beat and alluring lyrics work well together and paves the way for the rest of Bear Your Mind nicely.
Many songs on the album are similar, using the well known pop-punk beat and relatable lyrics, but each track has it’s own individuality to offer to the record. Randy, I Am The Liquor offers lyrics nearly everyone can relate to, whereas Hope Spot is a bit more vulnerable and emotional; the slow start to the track is really mesmerizing before the rest of the band kicks in towards the end to finish the track on a heavier note. Plus, the lyrics are rather moving and won’t be forgotten in a hurry. Weak Tables soon became a personal favourite of mine and I found that this track was likely the most catchy of the whole album; I found myself humming this for days later.
Overall, the eleven track album has a lot to offer for what is essentially a bands second full-length album. There’s a distinctive theme throughout – although emo and relatable, there are a few stand out songs too. The band almost seem ahead of their time with this album which is a sure success.
Fans of early Fall Out Boy and Mooseblood will love this album, but it's also clear to see that Free Throw are carving their own way amongst the indie-emo genre.