How the review process works: We get sent stuff to review. We look through what's been sent and try and find something that's suitable to review, so for example if there's some dub step or gangster rap to review I wouldn't look at it. Just because I wouldn't know where to begin reviewing it.
So when the e-mail for Alright The Captain
came through, I jumped at the opportunity to give it a review. Mostly
because these guys have shared the stage with some pretty incredible
bands; Mono, Pelican, And So I Watch You From Afar, This Will Destroy
You and more.
Secondly, Contact Fix is the second album from
Alright The Captain, and was crowd funded through a Kickstarter
campaign.For those of you unfamiliar with Kickstarter, it's a website
were people who want to create something, anything, from making a movie,
a piece of art, or record an album, post up their idea along with the
funds they need to do so. Fans or people interested in the campaign can
donate money to it, usually in exchange for some goodies. Alright The
Captain completed their Kickstarter campaign in just 12 days. So they
must be doing something right....
The first impression I got from
listening to this album is that these guys make music for themselves,
music that they enjoy playing. The songs don't have a simple structure
(no verse, chorus, verse here), no two songs on the album sound the same
and these guys clearly aren't afraid to experiment.
are new to math rock might find this album a little hard to listen too,
simply because it's so unpredictable. But that to me is a strength, it
makes for a really interesting album.
Album opener, Toaster
Mouse, has more going on in its four minutes and eight seconds than you
will find in most albums. The album is full of crazy riffs, dirty bass,
great drumming, well placed synth and samples. Song's can one moment be
overdrive driven riff machines, only to become a catchy clean riff that
seems to come out of nowhere.
Definitely an album for fans of
math rock, or people looking for something a little more interesting to
what they usually listen to. I intend to personally keep a very close
eye on these guys.