The Meltdowns - No Authority, Direction, or Control
Record Label: None
Release Date: January 25, 2008
Let's just have fun. Maybe if we all got up and danced, jumped around, brought back the art of the "pogo," all our worries would be gone. Some of these bands lately just make me want to put on my dancing shoes.
The Meltdowns may be that band. No Authority, Direction, or Control is about as frantic as the feet are going to get on a drug-tripping night.
The Meltdowns' debut won't let your heart stop at any moment. "Tonight We Dine" is a nice start, but don't let this less-than-spectacular opener ruin what is to come. The upbeat post-punk guitar mutes and keyboard riffs aren't anything to shine a light at, just yet. The song does show the solid ambition of the band, and what is to come.
"Club Sedition" is the dance party you've only heard about waiting in the mediocre "Tonight We Dine" line. Vocalist Adam Copeland's vocals are reminiscent of the early 80's post-punk bands, and competes with his, and other guitarists Billy Gray's, fills, like scribbling as many words as possible across a 3x5 note card. The result: a magnificent classic punk crescendo.
"Comeback" is heavy on guitar and keyboard effects, and rhythm switch-ups. "For Tomorrow" flip-flops between soul-and-funk and melodic punk choruses. "Shelter" is a bit all over the place, and just a too bit fast paced to run with. "Dick Dale the Vampire" is nothing more than a great rockabilly instrumental to end out the album; it's loose and sheer fun across the fretboards.
The Meltdowns will be someone to look out for in the future. With a bit more organization in some songs, and more honing of some of their instrumental crafts that shine on "Club Sedition" and "For Tomorrow," No Authority, Direction, or Control is the club you've been hearing about, and should check out if you have the time.