I was talking to a friend at a show recently about what constitutes a “release of the year,” to me.
Here is the short list of my criteria-
1. Did I like it right away? And have I listened to it again after the first initial spin?
2. Do I feel it has variety? Basically, that every song doesn’t “sound kinda the same.” Having a trademark sound is one thing, getting repetitive is another. You know what I mean, right?
3. Can I listen to it any time of day? Even in the morning before I’ve had a full cup of coffee?
4. Have I listened to it often? Like once a week?
5. Have I listened to it more than once in a day?
6. Have I listened to it twice, or more times, in a row?
7. Basically, if it was on vinyl, would the grooves be worn out by the end of the year?
When it comes to The Feral Conservatives latest release, The Feeling Noise Becomes, the answer is yes to all the above.
“Class Reunion”— This garage-y first track starts with a giggle from vocalist Rashie Rosenfarb and leads straight into some heavy reverb and the pounding drums of Matt Francis. “Class Reunion” is here to remind you (in case you’ve forgotten since their last EP) that this band, which happens to feature mandolin, can indeed rock.
“Last Legs”— With soaring vocals and a musical catchiness, it has an addictiveness that’s had me hitting the back button to hear it again on many occasion. And it’s the first Feral Conservatives tune where I’ve noticed a fair amount of twang involved, reminding me a bit of the Dixie Chicks around the time of their Taking The Long Way album.
Celebrating the push and pull of relationships,“Last Legs,” is a ballsy tune with just the right amount of twang.
“Lies”— “Lies” is a song that was written awhile back then put on hold, according an interview I did with the group last winter. This track has proven to be entirely worth the wait. Edgy and personal, as many of their songs are, this one will take you to a dark place of self doubt while pulling you out the other side at the same time. “Lies,” while lyrically heavy, is a beautiful piece of work that lets you know you aren’t in it alone.
“Misfire”— is classic Feral Conservatives, ending the EP much the way it started— with serious reverb, noise experimentation, driving drums, as well as thoughtful lyrics entwined with the strong vocals of Rashie Rosenfarb.
The musical variety and experimentation contained in this new offering from Feral Conservatives is exactly why I can listen to it several times a week, and why it’s sure to be on my list for release of the year.
To get your copy on a groovy limited addition purple cassette (with digital download), or just a straight up digital download— visit EggHunt Records.
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