DIY is cool. I’ll always be cool. Not cool like hair cuts are cool, DIY ethics are resistant to trends, but malleable to the changing times. If you do DIY right it can be a hugely rewarding thing, and potentially even be successful, while sticking it to the man.
Which was well all know is the ultimate victory of rock ‘n’ roll. Or was. It’s currently vying for pole position with a real sweet haircut.
No Consequence have a habit of upping the game from one album to the next. I’ve no time for their first record, it was a bit convoluted and bursting with too many ideas. Not all of them good. Their second album, “I/O” was much better. They shed a vocalist, developed their ideas a bit and fine tuned their compositions a lot.
Is it even worth reviewing a Cancer Bats record? I mean, when was the last time this band didn’t release an LP that was packed to the brim with raging tunes? You’re right. It is a trick question. They’ve never released an album that wasn’t a cracker.
“Searching for Zero” is noteworthy though, not just because of the abundance of puns around searching available to lazy and uninspired reviewers, but it sees the band temper their trademark aggression and groove with some tasteful left field influences. Maybe this is the sign of Cancer Bats pushing their own creative boundaries or maybe its the sonic stamp of producer Ross Robinson. It doesn’t really matter, the results are all that matters.
I loved Skyharbor’s debut record. For about six months. For some reason it kind of lost its shine for me after that. I don’t really know why. Though there were tracks I found myself revisiting when they turned up on shuffle, I legitimately can’t remember the last time I listened to that album from start to finish.
Conversely, since I received my press copy of “Guiding Lights” I can’t remember the last day I didn’t listen this album. It is, to be completely frank, nothing short of stunning.
‘V’ is so polished and shiny it’s almost hilarious. But to their credit, Voyager don’t sound as mechanical as a lot of the modern prog contingent. This album manages to maintain a sense of energy, although it’s an energy more akin to stadium sized rock adrenaline than punk rock spontaneity.