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.
1. No Exit
2. I'm On Fire
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
11. Trying Not To Breathe
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