Well balanced and full of hooks, this is a non-stop piece of work, it could easily be something you’d hear out of the states, somehow a real mature but fresh sound too. I really really like it, and I genuinely like it more the more I hear. Bring on the CD I say.
There’s some real tangible atmosphere, and yet the whole thing is really “clean”. I especially like the tweaky vocal effects and the way everyone weaves and balances with the sweet axe, simply awesome.
Wifey “doesn’t dislike it” (a positive coming from a Classic Hits listener), and finds it very easy to have in the background whilst working. I’d unreservedly agree with the latter (the former is a given), my productivity was almost at the expected level whilst this all too short album (repeatedly) cranked!
Empty Streets – Loving the backgroundie intro and fade effects used throughout, they give the song a really deep and roomy feel. Catchy gax.
Harsh Agenda – Easy deep hook, bam! into beasty vox. Love the pace-changing droppy chorus, guttural and mellow melding sweetly, blending back into the verses without losing focus. Nice. Easily my favourite track.
With A Different Face – Another smack in the chops number, easy laid-back mellow caramel wrapped over chewy, droppy strums and cleanly picked gax nuggets. Nice outro tweaks on out … maybe this is my favourite too …
Alex – Now that’s a chorus a stadium could be chanting. A memorable and quick-paced tune, enough laid-back bits to let the mosh rest … and then … back into the chant. Love it! Another favourite – oh man this job sucks ;)
Useless Trivia #42: My weight in gold is $4,959,333.81.
Barracks formed in early 2010 from the remnants of Acalmbefore which featured Simon, Martin and Kane and joined together with Hunter and Keir to complete the line up.
Defining their style as Post/Melodic Hardcore, Barracks offers music with depth that maximises the use of every instrument within the band. The use of interesting tempo changes, heavy riffs, melodies and hooks, combining with lyrics and vocal stylings that add to the overall effect, Barracks create musical diversity throughout their songs to give the opportunity to discover something new in the music every time you listen. Also working their live sets to be not only musical, but energetic.
The first offering from Barracks is an EP featuring four tracks of melody ridden hardcore. Recorded in Tauranga, over six days in a two month period, with Nathan Sowter (Take The Willing) producing, engineering and mixing the EP, and Zorran Mendonsa (New Way Home) mastering the tracks, the final product is just a glimpse of what Barracks is set to unleash in New Zealand and beyond.