Rock outfit The Soviet Influence released their second studio album The Price of Vigilance earlier this year. Limehouse, Ontario natives Peter Snow, Blake Morey and Peter Morey have been at it since 2011, putting out an EP and a full-length before this year’s release.
The Price of Vigilance is rooted in post-punk and ‘90s alternative rock, and pretty much stays within those boundaries for its entirety.
The influence of The Smith’s Johnny Marr can be heard throughout The Price if Vigilance. But instead of the jangly, lighthearted sound associated with Marr’s playing, the band uses this tone to add to the album’s dark atmosphere. This technique works best on the song “Who Wants to Know.”
The track “Secret Space” is an album highlight. Its production and performances hit all the marks. One thing to note is the obvious Radiohead influence. The style of instrumentation is similar to that of The Bends, for example. And the quiet closer, “Last” sounds like a lost In Rainbows track, where Snow is echoing Thom Yorke’s vocal style. These moments took me out of the album, so moving away from the Radiohead influence might help the band create more of a signature sound.
There were times I was craving more specifics in Snow’s lyrics, which tend to be abstract. The guitar performances and production are solid but I think by weaving in more substantive lyrics, The Soviet Influence could improve upon the impressive foundation they've laid.
There are great moments on The Price of Vigilance. The production and performances often got me excited. I look forward to hearing what The Soviet Influence does on future releases.
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