BLIND SHAKE, THE: Breakfast of Failures: LP

The guitar on here is so heavy and dark I was a little fearful it was on the wrong speed, as it sounded too good to be true. The opening to “OldLake” sounds like it could be a Melvins’ song—the guitar sounds that good! Then the drums kick in and it gets noisy and out of whack from that point on in. There’s an uneasiness in these songs that is alluring, something that would sound perfect in a show like True Detective. These songs are dark—mixing punk, psych, surf, and other strains of rock’s distant glories to make this sinister sound. The songs are moderately fast paced, catchy, slightly damaged, and wound tight. “Parachute” bounces back and forth from a fast, driving pace to bouts of laying back and assessing the moment, then that gives way to the swaggering “Dots in the Fog.” Towards the end of the album, after the driving “Pollen,” things start to get a little more noisy and drawn out when they slip into “In a Trance,” and they ride it out until the very end. 

 –M.Avrg (Goner)