Band: The Stormalongs
Album: Fell Like Bricks
Label: Independent Release
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN FAZER MAGAZINE
by Aaron Binder
“Hey man, we’ve got some kegs down at the beach-house, we’ve got a live band and our incredibly youthful naiveté, plus, Kelsey is going to be there, you should come out.”
“Kelsey is gonna be there?”
“Yeah, and there’s this sweet band called The Stormalongs.”
“Yeah…and The Stormalongs.”
“Wow man…this is gonna be the greatest night, Kelsey AND The Stormalongs. Woah”
That’s exactly how it feels, the sound, the attitude and the lyrics all feel like a trip back to your teen years, and don’t even come close to considering that a criticism. The Stormalongs have managed to package all of the best things of youthful innocence into one album and they’ve done it well.
The musical style isn’t incredibly diverse but it is incredibly well done for sonic post-rock. Within this album you will find some sweet guitar candy, thumping bass and thrashy drums that expand upon their most obvious influences and turn The Stormalongs into a group that can call themselves exceptional.
Songs like Kierkegaard and Days Alight are able to showcase the ability of all the band members with gusto. Where they tend to excel above their genre predecessors is in their technical ability. Sonic style rock is generally known for it’s simple but fuzzy and full sound, The Stormalongs have fit in some blazing guitar solos along with a solid showing from bass, drums and vocals.
It would be nice to see a little more variation in the tone, at certain points the songs tend to blend together if you’re not paying attention. On a similar note, some songs do exhibit great solos and interesting progression, but a track like Missiles Through the Floor tend to become bogged down by status quo writing.
Overall the album is a great showing from a young band. This is one of the best melodic albums of the year thus far, even with the few flaws it manages to hold up to some of the best sonic-rock out there.