Secrets Between Sailors – Secrets Between Sailors (Self-Released)


 

The debut album by this Bloomington, Indiana four-piece explores an interesting niche between tuneful classic rock and post-hardcore aggression. The big guitar chords and manic drums seem to come from early-70’s Who records, but the shouty vocals are firmly rooted in the Rollins/Mould/MacKaye tradition. It’s refreshing to hear a group mixing these seemingly divergent styles, and most importantly, doing it well. “Wolves and Thieves” is likely their best song, with tricky Fugazi-esque time signatures and their catchiest vocals, but opener “In The Summertime” rocks hard too. There’s room for improvement though – “Salt Of My Lovers Tears” doesn’t achieve the “Cortez The Killer” vibe it strives for, and the shouted vocals can be abrasive. However, the band’s raw talent and passion comes through enough to give them the benefit of the doubt. There’s plenty of potential to build upon. Add another point for the great cover photo.

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