Inspired by A Gods’ Man, a collection of woodcut art released in 1929, the album swings through different moods and soundscapes like a pendulum, tackling feelings of solitude and isolation with one stroke, wonder and whimsy with the next.
Ultimately, Regions wins by turning broad, universal questions into James’ own personal conquests. Over the course of nine songs, James crafts an album that’s equal parts weighed down by loneliness and lifted up with hope, sometimes distant and other times fully engaged. And in exploring that polarity, the record hits upon the universal truth that life is the sum of its peaks and valleys, and we’re all left to navigate the roads. 3/4 ☆
- Consequence of Sound
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“In every scenario, Nielsen delivers words of wisdom to the assembled onlookers without seeming to notice they’re looking.Whether they’re taking you to a rager at a beach house with the dance floor packed with revelers looking to hook up, or a crumbling studio apartment where a few scattered dudes settle in corners, The Growlers know how to deliver it precisely and then kick the scruff up a notch.”
- Adam Kivel, Consequence of Sound
California outfit The Growlers latest album, Hung at Heart, is another collection of tunes that blends ’60s surf rock and heavily reverbed psychedelia for a heady concoction they fittingly call Beach Goth.
The video for “Salt on a Slug” is also heavily indebted to the past, featuring some slightly-NSFW found footage paired with corresponding song lyrics for some fairly juvenile hijinks. There’s the stock man pointing at a watch for the word “time”, a contortionist whenever Brooks Nielsen sings “she bends”, and a chicken being tied for cooking at “pulling it together.” Oh, and, of course, slugs pop up.
-Ben Kaye, Consequence of Sound
What is Consequence of Sound doing talking about a very young, very aggressive hardcore band? Code Orange Kids drummer Jami Morgan, 19, and I are trying to figure this out, too.
During the interview, they parse out what separates Code Orange Kids from all the many hardcore bands in the scene. What makes these Pittsburgh sprigs a band better than any other Pittsburgh hardcore band, or Boston or New York hardcore band? Why them and why now? What makes COK the it band of hardcore?
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Though a brash rock ‘n’ roll album at heart, Trying resounds with maturity and a serious knowledge of both space and sense.It attempts and succeeds, far beyond the jagged edges of its slumber-punk peers. Trying is a fluid debut, spellbinding in that way a great story has you holding steadfast to every last word. - Consequence of Sound, 3.5/5
On their sixth LP, the Toronto alt-country outfit scores beautifully with a plugged-in spin-off of their previous album, the more acoustic Morning Comes, written at the same time as Union and intended as its counterpart. It’s a little bit Jayhawks, a little bit Bob Mould, and a whole lot of gentle ‘90s alt breeze. - Consequence of Sound
The true blue guitar riffs and steel-cut hook are the work of a professional pack of southern garage rockers. Whether pushing away from stereotypical tough guy lyrics or embracing the party at all costs, Turbo Fruits lock into a honed Tennessee garage rock groove, ready to play any house party that’ll have them and get anxious about the social interactions. - Consequence of Sound, 3.5/5