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Album Review

Apparently, one solution when a band can't decide on a title for their debut album is to simply graft two of the leading contenders together with a semicolon. Similarly, when a band can't decide if they want to ape the neo-prog of the Mars Volta or the angsty but straightforward pop-punk of Green Day's American Idiot, one solution is to try to tackle both at once. Or at least, those seem to be the options that Mesa, AZ's Small Leaks Sink Ships went with. Giving their debut album two separate, unrelated titles for no apparent reason (the ten songs don't appear to form a pair of interconnected suites or anything like that), the quartet dress up fairly standard issue pop-punk tunes with math rock noodling, showy time-signature changes, and dynamic shifts into unnecessarily complicated B sections that do little more than negate the energetic heads of steam that they had worked up beforehand. As a result, this rather frustrating album has its high points (the fractured stop-time verses of "Sackcloth in Ashes" are admittedly pretty cool, though the lyrics suggest they don't quite have their Biblical idioms entirely down), but the overall feel is that of a modern indie rock version of Abacab-era Genesis: fairly appealing pop songs dressed up with prog rock fripperies that end up making it all sound kind of pretentious.

Customer Reviews

Is it a good idea

to have the review for an album be somewhat negative, when you're trying to get people to buy the album? It doesn't help that the album itself is a lot of fun.

Too Whiny

Typical whiny garage band. I expected more when friends from AZ claimed the band to be much better.


Formed: Mesa, AZ

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Intricate, progressive indie rock band Small Leaks Sink Ships formed from the remains for Mesa, AZ's Beyond Analog and includes Judd Hancock (vocals, guitar, piano), London VanRooy (vocals, drums), Jim Mandel, Jr. (bass), and Mike Mukai (guitar). Influenced by Minus the Bear, Modest Mouse, and the Mars Volta, the band released its debut album,...
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