If you have been following CCM news in the past few weeks, you are probably aware of the departure
of four-fifths of the members of the band Terminal. Though the remaining member is vocalist
Travis Bryant, for all technical purposes, Terminal is, wellÖ terminal. But that does not erase
the fact that there is still one excellent debut release entitled How the Lonely Keep that
demands attention and respect, long after the bandís [probable] demise.
Terminalís music is unique in almost every sense of the word. The closest I can come to describing
their sound would be a more aggressive version of The Afters. Indie pop-infused rock is a fitting
genre description, with punk/emo twinged vocals courtesy of Bryant. They stretch their sound out on
How the Lonely Keep. Never does the music seem repetitive either. Each track has its own sound,
while keeping a general tone alive throughout the forty-three minute running time of the disc.
The lyrics drip with regret and remorse, and the music perfectly compliments that tone. Some songs
reek of hopelessness, like "City by the Sea," "I wish I had a little more to miss/ Than friends that
donít exist/ In a town that felt like scars across my wrists." Other songs are a wee more
optimistic, like "Just a Failure," "This time Iíll disappoint the past/ Prove repetition wrong/
Iím just a failure feeling better than I ever have/ If this is life, Iím ready to live/ It feels so
good to feel again."
More depressing then the CDs tone, however, is the fact that itís the first and last time weíll
hear it. Bryant may remain under the moniker "Terminal," but when you lose all of your musical talent
in one fleeting moment, things are bound to change. Hereís to hoping that somehow, Travis Bryant is
able to conjure up another brilliant effort in the aftermath of the beautiful piece of work known as
How the Lonely Keep.
- Review date: 9/03/05, written by Josh Taylor