Listening to this I get a nostalgic feeling, like I am listening
to Public Image Ltd., that precursor to art noise by one
of the premier anti-establishment artists. Part of that feeling
is derived from the fact you feel like you are listening to someone's
personal vendetta against the world and secondarily music.
What makes it work is that, like PIL, Stare Into The Sun
is good, and as long as they rant like this I would be happy to
listen to them go all day. For a three-piece they successfully
overcome the odds to make their songs sound different and interesting.
Guitar lines drive the material with a specific simplicity that
you wish more bands would use. Voice is the closest thing to monotonous,
but veers nicely through intensity and lucidity to save it in
the end. The drums try hard to maintain a semblance of a structure
and work and then at different times do not.
Part of that may be due to the lack of production. While not
at the garage band level, the recording captures a lot of the
guitars (both bass and rhythm) but lacks on the vocals, drums
and occasional keyboards. A little outside help directing the
drums through the melee would benefit the overall performance
of the band. Unfortunately any mistake in a three-piece is just
amplified by the lack of participants.
While I dote on the production, I can't focus enough on how good
the album actually is. It is solid and has a sound you don't come
across too often, and for that alone it will be in my play list
for many a year to come.
3) Black Dress
5) Without A Trace
6) Seeing Things
7) We Were Here First
8) Wake Me When It's Over
9) What You Think
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