Comprised of members of Barrow, DIRAC and Never In Life, Greensboro’s Harder Every Year is a recently formed four-piece hardcore band. Harder Every Year’s forceful second single, “There Will Come Soft Rains,” is based on a 1950 science fiction short story of the same name, written by Ray Bradbury.
“There Will Come Soft Rains” begins with Katie Marks’ anguished vocals suspended over ringing guitar feedback and a reeling, disjointed 6/8 groove before the band thrashes into motion. Palm-muted guitar riffs weave in and out of crash cymbal bouts as Marks’ searing melody lines guide the song’s turbulent momentum. The band adeptly navigates half-time, double-time and lurching syncopated breakdown passages before “There Will Come Soft Rains” reaches its bludgeoning conclusion.
- "There Will Come Soft Rains" Harder Every Year 3:39
While Harder Every Year may be a relatively new band, their sound is focused and refined. Fans of hardcore and heavier music generally are sure to find a number of redeeming factors in “There Will Come Soft Rains,” which are sure to translate well in live performances and future releases.