Reviews of “The Enemy of Everyone”
There are some clever lyrical turns of phrase, such as “If I didn’t look back in anger/I doubt I’d look back at all” on the incisively choppy “Hindspite is 20/20.” Throughout the album, the trio sounds like they’re having a ball, especially on the more rocking songs, like “All Your Nostalgia is Killing Me.”
The Enemy of Everyone ends with “R.I.P. Anger,” again making it clear that the purpose of this particular brand of rock and roll is not to feel bad for oneself or relish in one’s darkness, but to cast it aside with the magic of music.
From Shiny Grey Monotone
It’s a mixture of things that seem very familiar, but synthesized in the way they are they take on a new life, even though you could swear you’ve heard this, or something like this somewhere. At some point. Start with a very solid base of mid-late 1970’s power pop-esque hard rock. Think, Cheap Trick or Sweet…bands that celebrated the good times with big catchy hooks. Then layer in some mid-late 1990’s post grunge kind of stuff. Think…bands that had some dirt under their fingernails, but ultimately were playing relatively accessible riff rock. And finally, and this is the most important element as it elevates what would be mundane into something altogether enjoyable and interesting, play the previous elements through your heavy riffing thud rock record collection. Think, Melvins, C Average (second C Average reference in a week!), or Big Business…bands that troll the bottom end to drive their songs into your brain and out the back of your skull.
Make any sense? It’s catchy music with a gnarly edge…it’s ok to like it because it’s not simple pop (even though that’s ok to like too, just don’t tell anyone I said that). You might just have to hear it.
See, once you add the proper context, what you get is a beefier, crunchier take on AM rock of the early 1970’s. Like Sloan on Steroids, or the Tight Bros from Way Back When on a Scissorfight bender. Yes, Dale is drumming, so, Melvins comparisons are apt, but really, I think Sloan, circa Navy Blues, given a strong dose of Marshall Stack will get you closer. That is to say- super tight power pop songcraft made to be in service of big rawk aspirations. As Conan would have it, “Casually Intense”- it’s like Cheap Trick runs into Billy Squier, but gets assaulted by Tilts, along the way.