|DEATH BY NOSTALGIA
Death by Nostalgia
· Indie-hip-hop-prog rock.
Have you ever seen a toddler learn to run? They lean forward and plow ahead, their feet desperately trying to keep up with their body a huge grin plastered on their face. Death By Nostalgia sound just like that.
I dont wish to imply that they are amateurish or underdeveloped. On the contrary, this guitar-based quartet from Halifax has enough indie-rock cred to enlist the help of several of their hometowns finest (Mike Catano and J. Lapointe formerly of North of America , Mike ONeill of The Inbreds and Scratch Bastid). What I mean is that this album moves forward with freight train force and its recorded with such exuberance that the album can barely hold itself together. Death By Nostalgia use whatever instrument necessary to make the song work. Whether its the harpsichord hip-hop of "Insomnia Part 3," Erics Trip revisited in the stunning "Handed Away 94" or the synth-heavy math rock of "Stop the Carnage" (complete with its own woodwind solo), there is nothing this band wont do to get the job done. The result is an urgent mixture of influences that distils the best parts of the past decade of music in Halifax down to a sizzling 40-minute explosion. These kids never stop running.