Kurt C.L. (vocals), Tom Rehnberg (guitar/vocals), Rob Busler (bass/keys/vocals) and Cory Dorman (drums) are Static Momentum. The lead singer must be British were my first thoughts when listening to their self-titled album Static Momentum. I then noticed they were from Florida so maybe he was born in England. I have no idea but I do know that at lower octaves he sounds like Ian Curtis and at higher octaves more like Morrissey.
You can clearly hear the similarities on the opener “Gatling Gun” which was a thoroughly enjoyable song. The song starts Van Halen-esque with an ’80s guitar. In fact the song has a bit of an ’80s metal vibe in general with airy synths and guitar tones.
The lyrics are ambiguous. Not as ambiguous as an artist like Bon Iver but enough so that I have no idea what he was singing about. He sings, “A red moon punctuates the black / I've gone too far for turning back / All I can do is find a way back to familiar doors / Two roads diverged in yellow wood.”
The band has more success with “The Ledge” which is another catchy success and yeah I still think there was a tinge of ’80s rock in the music. The song rocks out in good form. “Blue, Grey & Yellow” has a garage rock feel and is also quite dynamic. They do a great job implementing subtle effects like delay on the vocals which make the song consistently interesting to listen to.
“Here in the City” was a highlight. It was head and shoulders better than other songs. I think I just really enjoyed the chorus on this track. At the very least it felt the most single worthy to me and was a song that had more radio potential. The band closes with “The Summer Electric” which is a solid closer with a impressive guitar solo and catchy chorus.
Overall, Static Momentum isn't bringing much new to the table but the songs are well written and the delivery is tight all around. Recommended.
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