Seymour Glass (that's the band name: the members are
Artie Kitchen on vocals, James Federico on bass and piano, Steven Pepe on
guitar and Sal Guanti on percussion) is one of those alt bands that does
remember that it isn't good enough to just thud people over the head, you
got to have some chops and some tunes to keep the people listening.
The album trips into overdrive from the first song, in
which the martial drums of "Hypervent" pound out a musical warning that this
is a group that won't be ignored. "Trigger Finger" trips along on a
deceptively light piano line before the other instruments and feedback crash
in to make a fascinating collage of sound.
"Rocket Science" starts off with a vaguely psychedelic
vibe and "Car Crash" has a surprisingly gorgeous verse before an angry
chorus. The album closes with the delicately beautiful rock ballad "Everytime."
It's good to see that there are still bands that
recognize the importance of melody. After all, underneath all the
bombast the Clash and Nirvana were just damned good pop bands. After a
few years of angry white kids yelling, it's nice to see that lesson isn't
So be the first on your block to catch onto the
Seymour Glass bandwagon. It'll make you look smart when the rest of
them jump on board.