Reviews:: Falklands Think About It

Disclaimer: I really like Falklands, even if you don’t. They are one of the few young bands that seem determined to make a name for themselves and find a signature sound that isn’t impacted by blog posts or critical buzz. That willingness to experiment led to a diverse collection of tracks. From their debut 7″ - a nice blend of Chisel-era Ted Leo and old Lookout surf punkers The Hi-Fives - to their more brash, sloppy rock EP - Bastille Day - energy and hooks were the only constants they held onto, as the band was willing to try almost anything on almost every song.

 

I wouldn’t call either effort fragmented, as both were surprisingly cohesive, but instead of simply moving from influence to influence, Think About It finds the band maturing and fine tuning their sound. The songs are still full of punch; cymbal crashes and heavy bass lines mix with power chords and surprising finger work to create a dense pocket, but for the first time Falklands tease moments of poppy bliss and nice tempo changes into the equation. The floating guitar of “Yellow Rose” is a perfect palette cleanser, one that lightens the darker chords that build the melody. The same can be said of the spirited “da-da-da-das” the band smiles through on the album closer, “Drunk & Thieves.”

 

I could try to pretty it up, but honestly, Falklands is are simply a rock and roll band, a concept that seems more and more obscure these days. This isn’t layer after layer of intricacies and intimacies; no, Think About It is just the result of young men plugging in and playing. Personally, I think it’s a great record and it’s also available for the low, low cost of nothing so you might want to go grab it.

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MP3:: Falklands - Lonely Soul

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MP3:: Falklands - Yellow Rose
WEB:: http://www.falklands.ca/

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