Based out of Philadelphia, this punky, vibrant band called Something Like A Monument brings its listeners and audiences their debut EP satirically titled …and the crowd goes mild. Music within this release seems to have one soul purpose and this is getting you to move to the groove that they have created, which is harsh, mellow and enticing all at the same time.
The opening track “Soft Spots” is definitely one of those dancing tracks that would make a crowd go beyond “mild” and perhaps out of control. From the beginning the song is dynamic and as it goes along there are waves of melodies that seem to come and go making it a very entertaining listen. Toward the end, the reintroduction of the vocalist’s sweet yet sour and smoky voice is almost a tease as the song abruptly ends soon after. It is easy to instantly press replay on this one after it’s over.
Following along, “Auditory Seizure” has a bit more of a serious and deranged vibe yet the guitars and drums still get the blood flowing effortlessly. This song is more heavily anchored by lyrics that weave a metaphorical story; “ Guilt may be my weapon, while revenge becomes my prize, clutching pieces of persona… it’s time, give it up.” This song is righteously named as it something that seizes your attention and unwillingly wisps you away to a strange, dark, land of rock n’ roll.
All along, I feel tantalized not only by the vocalist’s crunchy smooth voice but also by the running melodies that in theory seem like they wouldn’t make sense yet the end result is a beautiful mess of calculated musical chaos that makes you want to dance about madly. This EP is well recorded and each song differs greatly from every other one. This is a great listening album for those interested in alternative rock.
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