…And then there’s Underoath. Though not stylistically challenged, you’d more likely find these Florida natives covered in black and blue from an energetic bat fight (which they’ve been known to have for fun), than above their eyelids for any sort of beauty regimen. And it’s that sort of blasé attitude toward what has become “important” to the music industry that has kept them grounded enough to realize what truly matters: the music and camaraderie to create something meaningful.
Flashback to last summer: After already undergoing two member changes since their previous Solid State Records’ release, “The Changing of Times,” (2002) Underoath proved their revolving cast of characters was about to alter again. This time, in an emotional departure of frontman Dallas Taylor in the midst of Warped Tour dates, some were wondering if the band would even continue on. But it was October 2003’s CMJ Fest in New York City that hushed any skeptics as new vocalist Spencer Chamberlain not only stepped up to the mic, but made the role all his own, wowing a packed audience, and proving they’d not skipped a beat in the face of the hurdle.
This potential was truly tapped upon entering the studio with James Wisner (Dashboard Confessional, Further Seems Forever) to create their third studio release, “They’re Only Chasing Safety,” dropping June 15, 2004. The new vocals meld into what Underoath has been evolving to become for years: a cleaner, more direct heavy rock style avoiding any hardcore clichés they might have previously garnered. And with their innovative keyboard / electronic heavy base for the dynamic 10 song release, it’s hard to imagine anyone penning Underoath with clichés at all. Still, fans of the previously metal-driven band may be in for a shock as catchy choruses and hooks dominate this release.