Single Review: The Beautiful Mistake - "Memento Mori"

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Memento Mori

Wiretap Records



Back in the early 2000’s, the emo/screamo movement was at the height of its initial popularity. Thursday, Taking Back Sunday, Story of the Year, The Used, and My Chemical Romance had emerged into the mainstream, but it was the bands directly underneath that layer that really fueled the movement forward; bands like The Beautiful Mistake. With albums such as 2002’s Light A Match, For I Deserve To Burn and singles such as “This Is Who You Are,” The Beautiful Mistake built a tremendous grassroots following, but then just as quick as they were here, they were gone; a hiatus that’s remained in place for 15 years – Until now! A buzz circulated earlier this month (Jan 2020) when it was announced that the group would be releasing a new EP this March via Wiretap Records, You’re Not Broken, I Am, and with “Memento Mori” they’ve given us our first look at what we can expect from it. They waste no time getting right to the point as the guitars and drums quickly drive through the intro to pull you into the familiar vulnerability of Josh Hagquist vocals like an old friend who has come back to town for a visit. Lyrically, the focus of this song is as much for today’s generation as it would have been for those who were around during their initial height of success as it sings of how to face, and ultimately, get through and deal with your toughest weaknesses; “I’ll hide within the hands that hold me,” “to heal the broken soul it needs rest,” etc. The Beautiful Mistake was always a reliable, go-to band back in the day, but “Memento Mori” gives us something to be excited about in the here and now. Today, the band is crisper, tighter, and brings a fuller sound then we previously heard from them – though carefully, as they show with this song, they never lose the signatures that made us love them in the first place!.

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