Losing End is a four-piece rock band based in California. One could compare their sound to bands like Pavement or Superchunk. Heavy and melodious but with enough rhythmic pizazz to catch a listener’s ears from time to time. Its that style of rock and roll that’s fun to play and easy to listen to when you’re not trying to really deconstruct anything specific. In this way their latest record, Nothing Wavered is a great listen when your hanging out drinking, or just driving around, or even when you need some good house cleaning or dish washing music to get you motivated.
I was a fan of this record from the get go as I am always a sucker for loud noise guitar rock and cymbal heavy drumming rock and enough hooks to keep one listening. And these attributes are what made Nothing Wavered so endearing to me as I listened to it. I could tune in and tune out but whenever I tuned back in again I found myself with the feeling of reminiscing with an old friend that I hadn’t seen in a while but who speak as though no time had passed at all.
The record opens with “Up and Up” which is an upbeat thrashing guitar driven rocker that pounds out a lot of noise and has vocals that kind of get lost in madness of the music, much like Superchunk were so often good at doing. It reminded me of older lo-fi proto-punk bands in that it was really just a collection of noise and hiss vaguely structured into a song. The same thing happens on the next track, “Better Hack” on which we get more of that heavy guitar rock and balls to the wall noise that has and always will continue to be pounded out in damp, unfinished basements around the world. Perhaps the best example the band puts out of this is the high energy “Partyfly” which at times reminded me a bit of Minor Threat.
To me Nothing Wavered seems to be about a bunch of guys with day jobs and other aspects of life who all have a common thread of making the kind of music they’d want to hear during or at the end of a long day of trying to get by. And I can respect this, and I find it rather gratifying to know that there are those out there who still keep the torch burning, and keeping the way lit.
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