There are a number of cities in the U.S. that justify having a punk movement right now. Detroit, MI is definitely one of them. Between the city going bankrupt, the crime and the corruption, Detroit could use some disorderly neo punk that serves as an outlet for the residents living there. SROS LORDS comprised of Jamie Cherry (drums), Cait Ash (keyboards), Morgan Blank (guitar/vocals) and Adam Cox (sound engineer/mixing) is part of the solution and they sound as relevant as the Sex Pistols’ retaliation against British bureaucrats in the ‘70s.
On their recent release Rule this band is loud, distorted and unruly. The music immediately hits upon your instinct to revolt. Perhaps you aren’t exactly sure what the cause is for but the songs on Rule make you want to rise up. The songs are short, concise and are weaved from the same cloth. On average the songs are about a-minute-and-a-half long. There are no breakdowns or instrumental interludes. The band doesn’t waste any time getting to the meat and potatoes of the songs.
The album opens with “Beacon of Hope” which is an impressive wall of distortion. A snare drum keeps the music together while the bass is more fuzzed out than the bass you would hear on a song from Lightning Bolt.
Even though the band establishes their general sound relatively fast that doesn't mean it isn’t full of inventive technique and sounds. “Fits You Fine” contains dissonant sounds that could have come from a synth or guitar while “Erica” is a dynamically explosive song that feels like it cannot possibly burst anymore.
A song titled “Pay The Rent” seems relevant with the punk of yesterday and the cyber punks of today. As the album progresses the band contains to slay the dragon with an onslaught of tunes. The only deviation, which feels noticeable is “Bury Me Alone.” It's a great tune and reminded me of The Unicorns.
Rule is as album that is unapologetically honest and indignant. The band feels loose and while the album seems like a cathartic release they seem to have fun doing it. Don’t miss out on this one.
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