Silent Movie Type What Do We Tell the Children?

Silent Movie Type What Do We Tell the Children?
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In the early-'00s, when bands like Burning Airlines, Cursive and Desaparecidos were tragically lumped into the then-burgeoning emo scene, it became clear just how far this musical movement had shifted away from the sonic dynamics of Fugazi and Sunny Day Real Estate. What Do We Tell the Children?, the fourth release from Kingsville, ON quartet Silent Movie Type, manages to recover the sweltering tone and air-crash crescendos from this now-maligned genre. Pulling from strong-armed strumming and stone-faced drumming, Silent Movie Type habitually shunt their way through 11 tracks anchored by Brit Matschulat's yearning yelp. Although the vocals have the luckless proclivity to blanket each track from end-to-end, giving the guitars little chance to fully build and collapse, What Do We Tell the Children? isn't without magnificent moments. "Seven Sons" contains a napalm chorus, while "Water/Wine" and "Built to Please" benefit from dazzling guitar intros. What Do We Tell the Children? shows a band astutely straddling the line between brains and brawn. (Independent)