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The Problem
The Problem
Disco Fuzz Records
www.theproblem.org


The Problem's self-titled release is an alloy of rock, punk, dance, and nostalgia. Their tunes are like a modern day punk version of The Doors, designed for the rock club environment. Lead vocalist and guitarist Christian Francis has the live wire bounty of Dropkick Murphys' Mike McColgan. Fellow guitarist Joe Hankin, bassist Justin Bornemann, and drummer Roman Lewis keep the instrument parts active, colliding into each other and racing like bales of cindering stalks in an open field. The lyrical content is coated with sexual innuendos as the vocals hit high top falsettos and steed lashing vocal spurs.

The album opens up with atmospheric pieces like "No Exit" and "I'm On Fire" reflective of the sonic vibrations of Dream Academy and Editors. There is an '80s New Wave domain in the modules and ambrosial rinse. "Season Of The Witch," "The Atom Beat," and "Killing It To Death" dive into heavy punk rotations reminiscent of Agent 51 and NOFX with piercing vocals and clenching rhythmic roves. The vocal ripostes on "52 Girls" have a Sweet-lisp in the vocal strut. The guitar rotors and synth domes along the rhythmic movements billow and tremble enhancing the swiveling motions.

"Coming To Get You" is a hard rock and punk brew with extensive falsettos. "Along Tonight" engulfs the punk colonnades in atmospheric casts similarly to The Living End. "Roam" reduces the pace to a trundle and mills a melodic piping like Oasis. The final track "Trying Not To Breathe" is a hard rock suite with frothy guitar blades and brackets of rhythmic gavels.

The Problem is an amalgamation of nostalgic specters and modern punk/rock protractions. The music covers expressions welded like to The Doors and Sweet along channels kiln like Oasis and The Living End. The quartet, based in New York City, is currently on a club tour and will be attending the Asbury Music Awards Awareness for Top Indie Bands on October 23rd.

-Susan Frances

Track listing:
1. No Exit
2. I'm On Fire
3. Metric
4. Season Of The Witch
5. The Atom Beat
6. Killing It To Death
7. 52 Girls
8. Coming To Get You
9. Along Tonight
10. Roam
11. Trying Not To Breathe


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