PASSENGERS, THE: Under the Cruel Light: LP

Jan 05, 2022

I get fatigued easily by any music from the goth/dark wave/et cetera universe, even when it sounds cool, even when I basically get where the band is coming from. I appreciate The Passengers’ unflinching negativity, their willingness to say, in effect, “everything is fucked” (everything absolutely is fucked, man). I suppose the problem is: that message is delivered via dour stadium rock and moaning, old school horror villain vocals. Dark Shadows and power snare? Not for me, but maybe for thee. –Matt Werts (Volar,