4th of July weekend coming up, and still no plans. Have a few things that have potential but will probably stay in town. I just got my condo yesterday, complete with parking stickers, pool passes, etc…so I look forward to being poor. but at least I have a pool! In the next few weeks, it’s going to be a whirlwind of house projects like painting and stuff. If any of you suckers out there want to help me move in this saturday, let me know!
As for the review this week, Haymarket Riot was a decent band, but their sound was a little recycled as you’ll learn in the review…As with all my DOA reviews now, you can request to borrow the CD from me after I review them. I have so many CD’s now, it’s a little selfish to hoard them all for myself. Read on!
I know what you’re thinking as you glance over at the RIYL section of this review. “Oh no…not another Fugazi…” Many reviews of this and previous albums by Haymarket Riot almost always mention that similarity, but I have to admit, it’s undoubtedly there. The big drums, the crunchy guitars, the quirky guitar melodies, the loosely executed guitar fillers, and vocals that range from talking to barking, aren’t a “deal breaker,” but they are just there and somehow play a large part of how this genre of music is identified.
The abrasive tones of the guitars work well together. While one is noodling away at the main riff of the song, the other will be either palm muting away at the main chords or adding harmonics. The energy on Mog is inescapable because it isn’t an over-polished album and each track has a raw live feel.
One of my favorite tracks is “Uneasy Consequence.” The guitar riff is simple yet intriguing. Vocals take a backseat on this track and often meld in with the melodies and rhythm section. “Plastic Bottle Kid” uses a derivative of the main riff from “Uneasy Consequence.” Although the music is memorable, the lyrics are not.
After a few times through the album, the only lyrics that stuck in my head were from “Pushing Air”: “All the Same, all the same. Megabyte, gigawatts – all the same.” No not because they’re well-written lyrics, but because they’re off the wall and odd. Without the lyrics in front of me, I would’ve never figured out what they’re singing about. Maybe it’s better that way.
Haymarket Riot puts forth a strong effort but only falls short because of the use of a sound that feels a bit tired and recycled. So while many songs off of Mog are good for a mix CD every once in a while, an entire CD wasn’t the thing for me.
Read the review on DOA!