I don't know if i can say im an indy rock connosseur. Hell, I can probably count how many rock albums I own on my two hands. I'm more of an hip-hop/electronic guy. But I do appreciate a certain sound that I tend to look for when I take a liking to a band. And these guys, particularly on this release, have that sound.
The thing that stood out to me first was the lead singer. Im not even sure what his name is but i do know he's pretty damn good. His voice has some pain in it and you can tell that hes belting those songs out from an honest place. You know when someone is REALLY feeling their words and immerses themself in the music and he seems like the genuine article.
Once you get past how great the singer is you get to the band, which is pretty incredible as well. A lot of times, you either get a great singer or a great band, one or the other. The primary reason I don't own more rock albums is because i feel like one of those things usually suffers, but these guys hit that sweet spot where they are able to capitalize off that balance.
If I had to make a complaint I'd say i felt the mix is a little muddy. Some of the highs got a little lost on some of the songs where the distortion is revved up. However, it does seem intentional to give it that lo-fi feel and it didn't bother me. It almost makes it seem like this could have been recorded in another era.
All in all, I really appreciate what these guys are doing. Its hard and edgy at times and sincere and heartfelt at others. Oh yeah, its LOUD too, hahahahaha! I really look forward to seeing them live if i ever get a chance.