The use of screamo as a descriptor is cringe-worthy for fans of punk and hardcore. Callously overused and misrepresented during the mid-2000s MTV-ization of the Victory Records roster, the term has mostly lost its appeal. But when you consider screamo at its core–referring to the intersection of post-hardcore and emo influences–the genre can still exist in a legitimate capacity and Frameworks are here to remind you of that.
This is evident on "Loom," the explosive title track from the Gainesville, FL-based quintet's upcoming debut LP. Stream it below. Vocalist Luke Pate doesn't utter a single damn line that you can make out unless you're staring intently at the lyrics and specifically trying to keep track of his rhythm. But he does it in such a spastic, haphazard way that there's still plenty of emotion outside of the prose. "Loom" is cathartic without being personal, and that says a lot about Frameworks' ability to utilize Pate's vocals as another instrument.
Enlisting Deafheaven producer Jack Shirley for their album was a good move, but it might result in Deafheaven fans treating Loom as a more straightforward, compressed version of Sunbather. While there are comparisons aplenty, Frameworks bring a more accessible vibe to the tight drumming and guitar work that anchors their sound, and they're way less influenced by black metal. Pate told Fuse that Frameworks wanted a "raw, but bright-sounding album and [felt] that Shirley refined that vision." Based on what we've heard so far, we agree.