There you Go – Cost of Attrition

The opener to There You Go, “Not Your Psycho,” features intertwining genres of metal and pop with a catchy chorus where “people think I’m psycho.” These lyrics of escaping the perception of others and trying to sprout into your own is a great starting point for a band that breaks musical barriers and creates their own sound. The following song “Oh Yeah” has more of a pop sound, reminiscent of 90’s alternative rock. It still has elements of metal but takes on a more romantic view with Wheeler singing “Hey now ain’t that love.”

The third and final track is the album-titled “There You Go,” featuring a driving rhythm coupled with plucking guitar. Later on, the added electric guitar emphasizes the story being told: A woman holding a hostage with a shotgun. What really stands out is the way the music is able to play off your expectations; the love the singer feels is relatable to being taken hostage and is able to provide a narrative around that.

Instrumentalist Joshua Grow and singer Wheeler Castenada are able to blend different influential genres together to synthesize a new and amazing sound. To get the full experience of the album There You Go one would have to listen to it live; something that can be done as Cost of Attrition tours all over the eastern United States playing at festivals, bars, and everything in between.

By: Seann Romero

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Ty Segall – Ty Segall

Ty Segall’s 9th studio album is his second self-titled record following a 2008 release. Without any prior exposure to Ty’s sound I arrived at this album with no expectations or predispositions. On first listen, what stuck out to me the most was the seemingly chaotic and unorganized performances that somehow felt meticulously strung together in context of the entire album. Numerous songs from this 10 track record find unity in their similar vibe ~ post-rock anthems led by shredding electric guitar, somewhat piercing vocals and fast paced, hard hitting percussion to follow. Ty Segall shreds. This man can keep a consistent intensity that feels unique in energy and style rather than a conforming mosh of loud sounds; a common defining issue for punk-metal bands attempting to find their sound. Backed up with a full band, Ty leads the charge through some gnarly tracks such as “Thank you Mr. K”, a helter-skelter head banger with a speedy tempo. This song progressively becomes more chaotic and damn-near disturbing as the catchy rhythm slowly becomes disoriented and off-beat; complete with unnerving piano riffs, strung out guitar licks and a transitional pause to throw (probably) plates and glasses against a wall. While many tracks fit a similar description in terms of energy and sonic style, Ty knows how to slow things down; giving a more balanced feel to the album overall. In the closing track, “Take Care (To Comb Your Hair)” Ty delivers a somewhat Beatles inspired farewell track that feels distinctly more calm and relaxed than the general tone of the record; however it continues Segall’s relatively fast pace with occasional electric guitar assistance layered over the acoustic leads. I think what I enjoyed most from this album after several listens is the sense of awareness each song seems to possess. For example, The 10 minute ballad “Warm Hands (Freedom Released)” delivers a consistent fast paced style and concludes into “Talkin” a blue-grass slow jam that could not be more of an opposing

sound to its precursing track. Ty Segall delivers a solid mix of genre-defiance, light sonic schizophrenia, and a sense of cynical awareness that adds a lot to the context and general aesthetic of the record. I mean the guy literally ends the album in what begins as a high intensity guitar riff that cuts out before 10 seconds pass, talk about blue-balling.

By: Diego Cardoso

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The Dig – Bloodshot Tokyo

“To be listened to in which the spirit it was made” are the lines hidden on the inter cover of The Dig’s newest album, Bloodshot Tokyo, instantly preparing the listeners for a relatable album from start to finish. This is The Dig’s third full album and Bloodshot Tokyo is the definition of third times a charm.  Based out of New York, The Dig have channeled their classic rock and roll style roots and combined it with the fun, free feelings of modern synthesized beats to create a spacey heaven for any music lover.

The album begins with “Intro (Ordinary mind)”, a 1:07 good- feeling melody creating the limitless feeling that music can bring to a listener. The only lyrics spoken during the song are “ordinary mind”, which reminds us that although we feel free, we are all interconnected by similar wants and challenges (including lust and struggle with oneself), which are addressed heavily throughout the rest of the album.  This transitions seamlessly with “Jet Black Hair” a previously released single from the album, full of rhythm and a psychedelic like wonder. Songs like “Jet Black Hair”, “Bleeding Heart [You are the one]”, and “Let Your Lover Know” catch you through simple, soulful lyrics and funky guitar riffs demonstrating the overall 70’s vibe of Bloodshot Tokyo and are likely to be instant favorites.

However, The Dig did not abandon the slower, darker compositions know from past records. “Tired of Love” shows the slow deterioration of a once very active, passionate love and the emotions that come with the continuous effort put into a ultimately failing relationship. The song concludes with “It’s over my friend” suggesting that the progression of dislike lead to a rather numb acceptance of the loss of love. In addition, “Over the Rails”, the concluding track on the album, begins with a bright piano riff following a rather angelic melody lead us to a time of inner reflection. Lyrics such as “over the rails and not trying to hang on” display that the speaker knows that in the end, he is alone in his journey.  This reminds us that we are in charge of our own futures and make decisions to get us where we are.

Overall, Bloodshot Tokyo is great for anyone seeking a spiritual daze and a chill night in. I would defiantly recommend it for any fans of Foster The People, Tame Impala or Generationals.

By: Elizabeth Face

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