About a year ago, a new band came out in the local music scene, one that was somewhere between the DIY punk groups and hardcore outfits. Dirty, crusty, raw; scab punk, if you will. Almost a year later there have been a lot of shows, some lineup changes, a lot of work writing and recording, and now Repetitions have released their first album, Watch The World Burn.
When talking to people who just don’t seem to “get” this style of music, their number one complaint is always the same;
“I’ve got no idea what they’re saying!”
Because clarity of vocals and the ability for everyone to sing along is paramount, yes? But, to these people, I say give it a chance. Actually try to listen and understand. With Jay Buston‘s (formerly of The Clusterfuxx) vocals on this album, he is not trying to recreate Carcass frontman Jeff Walker’s sound, and all the lyrics are actually quite clear. Yes, he screams, shrieks, and strains his way through each and every song, but not everyone can be a Backstreet Boy, and really, would you even want that? While sounding great both on the record and live, Buston’s vocals help to make the music more accessible to those who might not otherwise give it a chance, all while accompanying some great instrumentals.
Watch the Wolrd Burn was recorded by Al “Yeti” Bones, and he did a fantastic job of capturing the sound and energy of the band.
Played by Sean Boone (formerly of The Posers) the drums take up their own space without being huge, beefy, arena-rock style. The snare is more of a whack than a crack or a pop, but you definitely hear it. The toms, particularly on the second track Warpath are simply disgusting. In an awesome way. The entire kit is not mixed in an overly loud fashion, but pulls through by squeezing in right in a frequency range left open by the low, chugging, crunchy guitars and bass.
Guitars by newbie Stef Paulton range from plodding hardcore to a groovy, almost bouncy, tone like you’ll find on the third track No Escape (one of my favourite tunes on here).
Songs like The House of Ribs and Chinese Food (another favourite) really showcase the guitar and bass sounds, with their low, doomy, qualities, but played in a way that I don’t feel right calling “upbeat”, but is faster and more buoyant than might be expected, based simply on the tones. Ash Richtig (of The Heatseeking Moisture Missiles) on bass was surprising to many at first, who were used to him as a drummer, but he more than shows off his skills as the other half of the rhythm section on this album.
Overall, as a debut release, and album in general, Repetitions did a fantastic job on the writing and playing of this record. Let’s give it four dirty bandaids and a mickey of gin.
Be sure to catch Repetitions on March 31st when they play with a reunion, one-off show by the legendary Disco Assault, Chatham’s Hundred Proof, Detriot’s Bas Assets, Toronto’s The Sofistifucks and Windsor’s DIY extraordinaires Suppressulant. This show will be happening at The Dominion House Tavern (3140 Sandwich St.), with doors at 7 pm, admission $7, and all ages welcome.
You can also take a listen to the whole album on the band’s ReverbNation Page.