Brothers Gonzalo and Pablo Zauzich were born in Argentina and came to the U.S. in the early 2000s to further pursue their dream of writing music professionally, with the ultimate goal of creating a band. While experimenting with various projects and styles throughout the following years, in 2016 they envisioned what The Final Sound would embody musically. A chance meeting with bassist and vocalist George Grant, who they knew from a previous recording session, led eventually to him joining up with the brothers and subsequently The Final Sound’s debut, It Can’t Be Done was born. The album showcases the collaborative songwriting abilities of three veteran musicians to produce an 11-track album that spans the genres of rock, shoe gaze and Goth.
The band also wanted to capture the “disconsolate, plaintive feel associated with The Cure and other ‘80s icons.” I think you’ll agree that this trio achieved that most impressively. Some tracks are somber, grief-stricken and carefully slow-paced, whereas there are some that rock the house with rousing anthems. The album is especially for those “lovers of melancholy music who take aim at protesting life’s predicaments.”
“Crimson Skies” begins the album with a dreamy intro, filled with washy guitars and echoing effects. My first thought of the band’s style was that they would be much darker, but so far, their style touches both post-punk, new wave but with a fresh sound. “Weighing You Down” has that Cure edge to it – the rhythm on the drums, the echoing, the layered guitar effects and overall darker tones reminds me of Disintegration. Good stuff! “Awake” has an anthem-like approach and epic feel, in a fashion that reminded me of bands like Kings X. “Rainmaker” has got a great sound with ballad-like qualities, while “Paradise” plays out in just under three minutes. It carries this pleading tension and force throughout the entire song, and it sounds so damn good. I can see the guys playing this one live, with atmospheric lights, fog machines and abstract imagery in the background.
“Ashes” is one of the band’s darker songs and its rhythm moves along slowly between goth, shoegaze and darkwave. The lyrics are equally as dark – “the ashes of the inferno, that was our lives” “I tried to build a dream and it was all a lie – it was all a lie.” Yep, dark words and Grant sings them well. The group picks up speed in “The Wolf” with a faster tempo and a style that’s harder alt-rock. Well played! The album’s title track was one of my favorites. I loved the low beats of Pablo’s drums, Gonzalo’s spacious guitar chords and Grant’s moving words as he sings them with such desperation and rage. Overall, I thought this number brought out the best qualities of the band.
“When the Dust Settles” features a great repeating guitar riff that’s echoing and airy and extra drum fills that gave this tune that extra something. “The River” is one two songs that the group has a video for, check it out on YouTube. In my view, this number was well written with a style that’s very likable. I also liked the solo guitar parts and drum fills at the end. The last song “Left Behind” was worth waiting for just in how the band arranged their instruments and for Grant’s “aawooow!” scream. From there, the band goes into this solo epic musical narrative. This one had some Cure-like qualities but with an edgier hard rock feel to it. I also loved the outro part, too.The Final Sound’s It Can’t Be Undone doesn’t leave behind any doubt for listeners who like darker melancholic music that’s lush and soulful.
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