Max Loignon (guitar/vocals),Than Rolnick (bass) and Bob Breychak (drums) are The Right Offs. On their album Quiet Down (which former drummer Erik Vumback played on) the band has a visceral, raw energy to their music that doesn't sound the least bit contemporary. I would compare their energy and vibe to bands like The Clash and The Who. It’s hard to quantify but that's some of the beauty of live music that still is vacant within electronic music.
That's the thing about their music. It’s hard for me to explain on paper the contingencies that make it work so well because the music is fairly simple from a technical standpoint. For starters Loignon has a voice that feels tailor made for this music. It crackles with energy and his delivery is covered with aesthetics of ’70s English punk bands.
The other aspect to note is the production and recording quality. I have to mention something I found humorous about the album process. The band recorded the album in Manchester, CT and then had it mixed in Manchester, England. I have no idea of their thought process but I’m guessing it had nothing to do with the fact that both cities were called Manchester but they were studios that they wanted to utilize. It fits the music so well. The band's energy matches with the aesthetic from ’70s punk is the full package.
Quiet Down is thirty-nine minutes and there isn’t an ounce of fat. The songs are catchy and to the point. I can’t say there were any songs that felt like duds or brought down the energy of the album. The band starts with “Ways of the Western World” which is indicative of the feel of the rest of the album. “Every Punk Has a Soul” is a refreshing song that brings a similar revolutionary type vibe of The Who while “Just Above Below” contains an exceptional, dynamic vocal performance.
This is a great album from beginning to end. I can’t say the band is pushing boundaries at all or introducing aspects I haven't heard before. That being said these are original compositions that are very well written and executed. Overall, this gets two big thumbs up.
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