Blue Condition is a band of four, and for the first time the members of Blue Condition have finally allowed themselves and their music to breathe. Instead of painstakingly building a wall of sound, Blue Condition is now more focused with the pattern on the wall and less the materials that created it. The band has taken advantage of the space. Their signature bluesy sound is still there, but now it whispers instead of screams between snowy guitar melodies and indie rhythms and the result is striking. Sonically and visually, the sound has become a rich tapestry that is much more than the sum of its parts, and like slats in an old wooden floor, their music creaks and moans with more character, more pain, and more love than it ever has in the almost four years that Blue Condition has existed.
The songs themselves show a maturity that’s earned with salt rather than careful attention to popular convention. It seems as if the eyes of each band member, all who contribute to the songwriting, have become a little more gray with time and experience. With less focus on big, sing-a-long hooks and more attention to substance, the songs themselves are more memorable because they resonate feeling and relevance, something most listeners feel popular music as of late has tragically been unable to do. Letting go of the pop/rock conventions that the band was founded upon was a daring move, yet it was the only option when they sensed a creative plateau in the early part of 2010 shortly after being nominated for Group of the Year at the 2010 Texas Music Awards.
After taking a much deserved break from touring, the band entered into a self-imposed hibernation: allowing old songs, old ideas, and ancient burdens to fade away into the past; waiting for something new to take shape. It seems that now, in this renewed and awakened state, Blue Condition has finally found the balance they have always been searching for.