New York-based rock band Crowd The Airwaves recently released their sophomore album All The Things We Don’t Say. Any fan of alternative rock will love this one.
The all-female rock trio brings a boatload of energy on this project. I only note that this is a band of females to draw a connection between them and Sleater-Kinney. While Crowd The Airwaves has a distinctly different style than Sleater-Kinney, I would definitely note that vocalist Heather Lee Marvin easily matches the upfront energy of Carrie Brownstein, while Lindsey Dragan and Christina Elliott provide Marvin with an exceptionally full foundation of sound.
The seven songs on this album have different personalities to them, which is definitely one of the album’s best qualities.
“No Approval” brings to mind the bridge in Green Day’s 2004 hit “Holiday” because of Lindsay Dragan’s seemingly innate ability to make you move with her thumping floor tom and the wicked distortion on Heather Lee Marvin’s vocals. This track certainly gives the project as a whole some character, while it also subtly conveys the band’s versatility.
Due to it’s pristine power, “Unknowable” is a superb cap to the album as a whole. Dragan carefully slings soft vocals over Elliott’s slow and passionate electric guitar in the verse, while the trio comes barging through your earbuds during the loud chorus. The band is a rollercoaster without even trying to be one, which is a really charming quality to have. Their seemingly effortless ability to move their sound is hard to find in a lot of rock bands, but they do it without coming up for air.
For a second project, this band assumes a delightfully surprising maturity in their sound. There’s no need to give mention to the individual talents here because it’s apparent upon first listen. However, the chemistry that this group assumes is what, to me, brings their sound it’s personality and magnetism.
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