For Those Who Know
'Locals For Those Who Know's self-titled debut EP shows that they deserve to be noted among those fueling Austins ongoing indie rock revival. Blending British post-punk and new wave influences such as Joy Division with the full tone of American bands of the late-80s/early-90s such as the Pixies, For Those Who Know's sound is quietly dense, layering loud, full guitars with hushed vocals to create a soft beauty. On point and creative drum tracks consistently drive the music forward, with the off-kilter beat of Perfect being the albums high point in this regard. Night At The Danceclub and Grow Old Together And Die will likely be the two standout tracks, each being more representative of a different branch of the bands influences.' -Study Breaks Magazine 'For Those Who Know have come out of nowhere with one of the best albums ever put out by an Austin band...Yeah this whole album is like that perfect moment when you close your eyes and listen and get overwhelmed without even trying. Mark our words, these guys will turn heads from every direction.' -Stage Scene 'Their eponymous debut EP rings lazily through textures and deep beats, each song adding to the loneliness with a touch of hope. Stephen Hablinski's fragile vox skims across the surface of a multilayered symphony of effects, akin to Thom Yorke's severity yet prettier. Opener 'Competition' lacks the complexity exhibited on the rest of the album, but it's a simple, climactic exploration of heart. 'Night at the Danceclub' begins the tumult that increases in the following tracks, clear riffs bouncing off rhythm, Hablinski barely decipherable yet cornerstone. 'Hello' echoes fuzzed-out reverberation, adding to it a Walkmen dysphoria. The closing 'Words Have Rhythm' wafts Sonic Youth tendencies, leaving only the clang of the hi-hat. With spot-on production added to FTWK's nostalgic songwriting, it won't be long until the boys are headlining Emo's outside stage.' -Austin Chronicle '[FTWK] songs are tragically romantic... they're the brief smile on the face of the heavy-hearted. They do justice in paying homage to those who paved the roads they now travel. If you're a fan of the tones of the guitars used by Explosions In Sky, the dreamy bliss of Slowdive's vocals, or the sudden outburst of sonic bliss created by layers of reverb, delay, and gain coating melodramatic guitars (Sonic Youth and My Bloody Valentine fans should perk up here)... then you should be quite happy with this needle pulled from the Mount Everest of hay.' -*KISS* Atlanta.