Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Quick Hitters:: The Novaks - Things Fall Apart

I'm quick hitting Things Fall Apart, the new album from Newfoundland rock & rollers The Novaks for a couple reasons. Of course there's the ever present "not enough time/too many things to write about" that I deal with on a daily basis right about now, but moreso than that, I think that reaction to this album will be pretty polarized - it's twelve songs of good old fashioned gut-kick rock & roll - and people will likely either love it or hate it, and no amount of rambling, barely coherent paragraphs from me will change that.

As you might guess, based on the fact that I'm posting on them, you can count yer man Shane amongst those in the pro-Novaks camp. The St. John's trio recorded this album live off the floor at Halifax's Sonic Temple studios, and the results are pretty damn solid. Raw yet polished, The Novaks take you from the big riffs of the straight-ahead indie rock of There Goes The Night to the metal vibes oozing from Destroyer on down to the rollicking, 70's-ish rock of Under Those Wheels. So while they keep things loud and hard throughout, they aren't afraid to spread out and "explore the studio space" if you will. And I will, because it allows me to seque into a mention of the delightful cowbell-usage on Sometimes I Gotta Go Down, which I might not have been able to do otherwise.

So the case here is pretty simple I think, if you like your rock & roll with big ballsy riffs, sing along hooks, and swaggering lyrics punctuated by the right amount of yelps and hollers, then Things Fall Apart is for you. If that doesn't sound like something you'd like, don't worry about it, just go back to your tea cozies, your Pat Boone records, and whatever else a sensitive soul like yourself enjoys (I'm just messing with you, sensitive souls, without you gentle folks, like 70% of the Acks reviews would fall on deaf ears). The rest can catch The Novaks on tour later this month or on the Commons here in Halifax with Kiss in July.

19 Jun 2009 The Horseshoe Tavern (NXNE) Toronto, Ontario
22 Jun 2009 Zaphod Beeblebrox Ottawa, Ontario
23 Jun 2009 The Casbah Hamilton, Ontario
25 Jun 2009 The Blind Dog Windsor, Ontario
26 Jun 2009 Lucknow Strawberry Festival Lucknow, Ontario
27 Jun 2009 The Montreal House Peterborough, ON, Ontario
28 Jun 2009 The Stubborn Mule Sarnia, Ontario
29 Jun 2009 Call The Office London, Ontario
9  Jul 2009 Arts Under The Stars Clarenville, Newfoundland
18 Jul 2009 Halifax Commons Halifax, Nova Scotia

MP3:: The Novaks - There Goes The Night

MP3:: The Novaks - Under Those Wheels
MYSPACE:: www.myspace.com/thenovaks

Labels: Music Canada Newfoundland

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