HARD BOILED, SOFT BOILED, BUZZ RECORDS
There always comes a brief, awkward moment when people use old words to describe new music. Influences have grown so broad that calling a band “alternative” or “metal” doesn’t really provide any information. So I chuckled when the Internet mentioned that Odonis, Odonis is an “#industrial / #shoegaze / #better / #punk / #The Garage” band from #Toronto. How could anyone possibly know what to expect?
Well, their new record is really, really good. Their last record was really good, too, but this one is #better. For the most part, the band just breaks music that they like and puts the pieces together. For instance: the drum machine in “Are We Friends” certainly reminisces on early industrial music, but the fuzz bass and dissonant guitars completely ruin the mechanical feel. Likewise, “Angus Mountain” has all the trappings of a classic shoegaze track, but the drum groove is just a little too funky, too lucid compared to the other instruments. “Tension,” “Release” and “Transmission from the Moon” offer nice instrumental interludes, while “High Note” and “Alexa Wait” offer late-album highlights.
Hard Boiled, Soft Boiled won’t change the way you think about lo-fi music, but it will introduce you to the dissonant highs and soothing lows of a modern industrialish shoegazeish band.
By John Julius