RSI - Reality Sets In Album Review
16 Jun 2003 // A review by Shade
Thanks to punkas.com for the following:
Christchurch's RSI are one of the lynchpins of the punk scene in the South Island, and with the end of Molly Says Go, have become the premier skate/punk act in the Garden City. Rumours abound that the band are planning to relocate to the North Island, to Wellington, which would be a big loss to the oft-overlooked South Island scene.
Reality Sets In is the band's debut full-length, with 11 songs of skate-punk along the lines of bands like Blake or Brubeck formed on the foundation of the exemplary drumming of Nathan Neumann. Neumann is also the lead vocalist for the trio, completed by guitarist Marcus Logan and bassist Lance Guyatt.
Despite being very DIY (the liner notes proclaim the album as "Mixed/mastered with Pro Tools Free in Dick's bedroom"), the album has a very nice mix, belying its low-budget origins. The vocals are mixed marginally low, but as they are somewhat weak, this may be a deliberate decision. The guitar sound is very strong and full, with the drums also cutting through clearly, particularly a satisfying kick drum sound.
Musically, RSI play somewhat generic skate-punk, but do it better than just about anyone else in New Zealand. The playing is tight and undeniably adept. As with contemporaries within the sub-genre, such as Kitsch, there is a tendency for things to become a little too similar, and more variation in sound, or more memorable vocal melodies would've been welcome.
But regardless, this is a punchy, professional package - and hopefully a taster for further albums to come from the most promising genre band in the South Island.
Previously known as Uncle Sam, RSI were formed in Christchurch in 2000. RSI have supported most of the major NZ punk acts, including Kitsch, Blake and Brubeck as well as American act The Ataris.
Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for RSI
RSI recorded and released their debut album in 2002 and relocated to Wellington in 2003. RSI encompass several styles within the Punk genre most notably Skate Punk and Emo with a dash of hardcore. At times compared to Good Riddance and NZ acts Kitsch and Sommerset, RSI seeks to expand and develop its sound over time.
RSI stands for Reality Sets In.