Crash the Satellites










Band: Crash the Satellites
CD: Self-Titled
Label: Spectra Records

Crash The Satellite’s self-titled debut, due for release on May 7 from Spectra Records, is a convincing synthesis of modern indie rock sensibilities. The album is energetic and brimming over with commitment. While much of the music alludes to pop influences with its jangling chords and often strong vocals, there is a subtle undercurrent of danger running under the music, an almost “punk rock” sense of exhilaration heard in the banks of distorted guitar bursting from each song. The album’s sound helps contribute to this sonic identity as it feels like a band facing each down in the studio and playing live with a minimal amount of overdubbing. The song “The Phantom of the Sad Songs” provides us with the first evidence of the band’s transformative talents. The clever lyrical concept, a strength of the entire album, is dramatized magnificently by winding guitar work and solid drumming that holds it all together. The twangy guitar is a nice touch. “Tales of Transformation” is a chaotic, raucous track that gives the band a chance to flex its rock muscle. They don’t disappoint.”City of Sleep” is, unquestionably, the highlight of the album’s first half. An exceptionally well-written track, the singing delivers this hard-won tale with a plaintive, aching vocal. Shorn of the band’s rock and roll attack, “City of Sleep” is a mature accomplishment worth the price of the album alone. “Postcards” utilizes powerfully contrasting dynamics to impress the listener and the shifting movements work so well thanks to top notch drumming. “Pretty Knees” revisits some of the same sonic ground covered in “City of Sleep” and, once again, exceptional lyrical content and vocals distinguish it.

The band embraces their creative rocker side again with “Trailer Park”, an energetic number with throbbing bass and a great groove. The album’s final song, “Frankie”, captures some of that punk rock spirit mentioned in the first paragraph and it enriches the band’s performance immeasurably. Songs like this embody the band’s ability to easily shift gears and offer the listener a variety of moods, textures, and points of view. Crash The Satellites have served up an urgent, passionate debut album and it exhibits performing and songwriting talents that will only grow with time.

Rating: 8/10 stars.

Review by Jason Hillenburg edited by Michael Rand
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