Saturday, February 23, 2013

John Lithgoat- Who Gives a Fuck Nowhere (2013)

Who gives a Fuck Nowhere
Who Gives a Fuck Nowhere starts out on a roll, slamming the listener with post-rock reminiscent of At the Drive In.  ‘Transistors’ is a great song to kick off an album with and introduces the sound of the album perfectly.  John Lithgoat’s album jumps between this style of post-rock, noise rock, and some Midwestern Emo guitar licks.
The complaints I have about the album are pretty minor.  Overall, the sound quality isn’t anything to write home about.  The band could have benefited from renting some studio microphones for the recording.  Still, for an album that was probably mixed and mastered by the band, they did a fair job with it, and the quality doesn’t distract from the song quality, especially because they make up for the sound quality with a decent job mixing.
The other minor qualm I have is that sometimes songs do not seem to know what direction they are trying to go.  ‘War Movies’ is an example of this.  The vocals and guitar playing remind me of glocca Mora from the start, but the guitar that kicks in at 1:42 is not fitting.  Furthermore, songs like this one seem to have issues with pacing.  Fortunately, even this song is nowhere near the point of needing skipped, just one of the worse tracks on the album, and even tracks of this quality are few and far between here.
Now that I am done complaining, for every ‘War movies’ on this album, songs like ‘Jampoline’, ‘Hand Thorough a Keyhole’, ‘Four Snap!’, and ‘What People Think’ show off this album’s noise rock influences, and songs like ‘Middle’ and ‘Do I Have a Backup Plan’ showcase the Midwest Emo sound in a fashion very similar to Settlefish and at times Glocca Mora.  The vocalist has a pretty good range and switches up how he sings enough to keep it interesting.
To conclude, it is a shame that these guys announced their disbandment only days after this album emerged, because this album showed both great promise and is a fantastic listen.  I recommend this if you are a fan of the genres and looking for something from 2013 to hold you over.
The whole album is free to listen to and download Here

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