Inkwell, a melodic punk/rock duo comprised of Travis
Adams and Dave Pierce, have made an inviting and fanciful
melodic mews of emo-palettes on their sophomore release These
Stars Are Monsters, following in the wake of their debut album
Chaos Reveals Rhymes from 2005. With measurements of soft
punk, emo, melodic rock, and acoustic pop, Inkwell have powered
acoustic sessions with thriving melodies, substantive gear shifts,
consonant progressions, and thick dense textures that plump up
the drum fills. Their vibrant tones and energetic rhythms are
filled with substance and can be likened to bands like Thursday,
Mashlin, Northstar, and Acceptance.
"Just Take The Money And Leave" swanks hearty guitar
flourishes with rhythmic dips in the tempo drive giving it a frolicking
seesaw motion. The treatments on the layers impel dithering textures
and energetic movements on the track "Drop It." The
swaying California style Beach Boys/ska grooves on "No,
You Drop It" is seductive with an undertow of backbeats.
This is the only track of its kind on the album which works to
give the album diversity. The slow motioned track is a one time
outlet from the punk/rock throttles in songs like "Jazzersize
In A Tie" and "This Ones For Kermit Washington."
Odd thing about these titles is that most of them do not show
up in the song lyrics, so the verses do not reflect the title
of these songs... like the title track, "These Stars Are
Monsters," which bares a mild tempo pull with dinghies of
acoustic pop and melodic rock fluxes. The vocal harmonies and
overdubs enhance the lyrics while arcs in the arrangement produce
an energetic vibe. The lyrics are personable and speak about what
is happening now: "I'm on your side/ So don't forget to hold
on/ Because good times are on the rise."
The melodic lines are contemporary with trenches of punk-insulated
energy waves. "Winning The Race" has modern acoustic
pop piercings while "Why Can't Sometimes And Always Be Friends?"
is a tender ballad with throbbing gear shifts in the keyboard
ducts and guitar throngs. The album concludes with "We Are
The Captains Of The Sea, Just You And You And You And Me,"
a fun and thriving melody with plumped up textures and enthusiastic
movements. The layers flicker incandescently and entangle impetuously
creating bustling motions.
Inkwell is a band that lets their music speak for them. They
are currently on a club tour across America and their videos
can be seen at Youtube.com.
1. Just Take The Money And Leave
2. Ecuador Is Lonely This Time Of Year
3. Drop It
4. No, You Drop It
5. The Tragedy Of David Gribble
6. These Stars Are Monsters
7. Jazzersize In A Tie
8. This Ones For Kermit Washington
9. What About Whimsical?
10. Winning The Race
11. Why Cannot Sometimes And Always Be Friends
12. We Are The Captains Of The Sea, Just You And You And You
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