LA band Teenage Wrist is an outfit which intelligently weave stories throughout their songs. The act genuinely pushes for a better world on their record Earth Is A Black Hole. Yes, the title of this record may seem bleak and morbid, but the truth has never been so relevant. Subject is important to this outfit, two rockers making music that tackles world problems and brings them to the forefront, making us aware the planet is under threat. This threat is immediate, totally alarming, but some people think it is an exaggeration and that we are not living on borrowed time.
Intelligent song writing is a rarity these days, especially in the pop music industry, telling stories is not sought after, repetitive beats are, which is worrying. Pure music is what we need more than ever, music exemplifying well thought out lyrics, plotlines, and wider possibilities. To be honest, it is refreshing hearing a band as well equipped as Teenage Wrist. Their lyrical verve stands them in good stead, their words amplify what we all need, and that is a good overhaul in our musical choices.
Earth Is A Black Hole dazzles throughout. Guitars are present and integral to the shape and sound of the record. The two maestros Marshall Gallagher and Anthony Salazar connect seamlessly on their tour de force. Gallagher’s vocals burn brightly and Salazar drumming is immaculate. Forming these songs must have taken their musical talents to the summit of their fears too.
The album has all the fundamental components to shatter the musical glass ceiling. It has poppy effects, dreamy choruses, and cutthroat lyricism. Gallagher sneers at time, telling us the world is on its knees, conveying where the problems lay. And it is not only a record detailing the truths, it is an opus filled with grandiosity and vibrancy, but on the flip-side darkness reigns supreme. Not a bad thing at all, really.
Taste Of Gasoline starts the record off loudly. The guitar presence is gracious and the vocals arch towards breaking point in the compelling chorus. Gallagher sings with urgency and intention. The song conveys the constraints of isolation. New Emotion is a cathartic look at life and youth. The chorus bubbles with vigour and dark undertones, and Gallagher cannot recognise the faces in the room. Yellowbelly brings forward a slower sound and is an integral part of this record. It balances great song-writing and well played instrumentals, portraying death and no resolution. Wasting Time again has the well measured chorus on point. It has been masterminded by two able musicians who know how to shock and provoke.
Teenage Wrist push the boundaries of sound. Their record signifies rage and how our precious planet is failing. Dark but timely stuff.