Letting Up Despite Great Faults is one of those takes on any genre and absolutely kills it bands. "Halfway Crooks" is shoegaze perfection and we are in love.
With its almost static blaring guitar, increasing tempo, and retro finishes, this song is a listening experience. This relationship ballad tells a story of a relationship struggling to exist unless there is full commitment - this halfway game just isn't fair long term. Annah Fisette's vocals in this track are just absolutely breathtaking. Their airiness lifts this track from its grungier rock composition into something almost transcendent of the genre.
Formed in Los Angeles CA, Mike Lee and Kent Zambrana found their better musical halves Annah Fisette and Daniel Schmidt just a few years later in Austin TX. Their latest album IV saw support from the likes of BrooklynVegan to KEXP and made its debut as Bandcamp's Album of the Day. The A.V. Club hailed the album as "a more uptempo brand of shoegaze threaded into the group’s lovely, rich wall of sound." The album also saw the band's first release on Japan label P-Vine (Alvvays, Teenage Fanclub), with a Japan tour in tow and a new EP in 2023.
Written by Hannah Schneider