We Landed On The Moon - These Little Wars
Release Date: August 13, 2008
Record Label: Unsigned
Music can take on roles as medication or poison. It's interesting watch these dynamics unravel across a record as it plays. With These Little Wars, this band has written a prescription for re-invigoration.
Kicking off with a "Solitaire" to purge your head of anything else but the pleasantly lazy guitar work, Melissa Eccles' voice is a warm blanket that tightens by the time she trips towards the chorus. Free from pretension, the first track becomes a manifesto that threads itself through the entirety of the record - nothing is more refreshing to sense than honesty in music. In the vein of their indie pop-rock scene, We Landed On The Moon places a great emphasis on their vocalist, molding their songs to push out Eccles' voice like a blister. The unabashed virtue in her delivery is blown out and highlighted, smooth transitions to pulsing crescendos in "The Night Was Open" are a testament to this. What also becomes apparent though, is however raw Eccles can be, her voice is not necessarily as flowery as her peers. Though she's not exactly Hayley Williams, her rough edges are a lot more honest.
It's pleasant to know that the band aren't in your ears to screw you around. They're quite straight-forward in their lyricism and instrumental articulation. Songs like "Come On Keep It Quiet", however, begin with an airy drone seen around in hipster kingdoms, and the song is an intriguing sidestep from their electric-guitar, balls-to-the-wall-female-vocalist set up.
When speaking musically, the biggest flaws to this bands successes are undone. Songs are not structured to spill out of the sandbox of the "generic", and while bouncy, skip a poppier sensibility in lieu of honesty. This proves a sacrifice, and a lot of the potential 'catchiness' in the album is not realized. That's not to say it isn't for the better. God knows, pop could do with bands less preoccupied with glam. Gems like We Landed On The Moon are earned through looking past and not mindlessly following the scene. If you're looking for a refreshing breath of honesty, let this band be a secret for you and me, just quietly, until they tighten up and explode.