Has potential, but a little uninspiring.
Eskimo Callboy – We Are the Mess
Now, I’m not going to lie, when I received this album in my inbox, I took one look at the album artwork and sighed “oh good lord.” I know you’re not meant to judge a book by its cover so here I go.
We are the Mess is Eskimo Callboy’s second effort and, as much as I hate to say it, the album’s title says it all.
I’m not an elitist metal head by any stretch of the imagination (hell, I even downloaded the soundtrack to Frozen recently!) but I believe good honest music comes from original ideas and genuine channelling of emotion. “We are the mess” just isn’t that. In all honesty, the only good thing I found with this album was the production value: every instrument had its own space in the mix.
Now down to the actual tracks: filled with awkward electronic passages, auto-tuned clean vocals and those goddamn “cookie monster” screams and growls. Provided some tracks have catchy choruses (Blood Red Lips and Never Let You Know) and there are some actually melodic passages in the guitar compositions, the rest of it just screams of a band trying too hard to sound like Asking Alexandria and Attack Attack! The guitar is largely unoriginal with open string chugging and ‘djent’ attempts.
The band has stated that, in their lyrics, they only use clichés in a satiric way, it just comes across as crass and unoriginal with lines like: “I wanna fuck her, She wants to fuck me” and “Baby, you can touch me, kiss me, kill me, fuck me cause tonight I’m gonna be somebody else.” Maybe I am missing the point of their attempts at satirical lyric writing but it just comes across as a vain attempt to be edgy and ‘cool’.
After 30 or so minutes of regurgitated “scene kid metal”, I have to say that I didn’t really enjoy “We are the Mess”. There are too many bands that are trying to be the next Asking Alexandra and Attack Attack! and are missing the point of music. Yes, it’s supposed to be fun but it’s also meant to be art. Unique.
What advice would I give to the band? Keep the fun in the music but try and be unique in a scene so full of the same shit with a different name. Some of the songs were fun but that alone doesn’t cut it for me personally.