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NOISE BRIGADE – ‘This Is Fine’ Album Review

NOISE BRIGADE – This Is Fine

noise-brigadePortland quartet Noise Brigade deliver some old-school pop punk with a modern twist on their latest record, This is Fine. 

The band state that This is Fine is a collection of songs presenting an emotional reflection of Noise Brigade’s past 12 months; the ten-tracks telling the story of hardship and recent struggles, both personally and professionally

Theme Song For A Long Island Backyard Show starts with a shout for the “DJ to spin that shit” and, after a slightly mellow introduction, the band launch into a pop/punk effort with a definite old school feel brought up to date. Spark Mandrill Syndrome brings a chunky rhythm to support emotional vocals and the track develops into a Blink 182 sounding song and that reference feels right throughout the song.

On James From Jersey the band get somewhat heavier but that Blink/Sum 41 in their earlier days come to mind. Noise Brigade are accomplished songwriters and certainly know how to bang out anthem punk rock songs that tell stories.  In Your Passing we are treated to a mellow acoustic guitar intro that leads into a super riff driven effort with some excellent drumming and some mournful vocals dealing with loss – it’s a super song dripping with emotion and tempo changes.

Half-way through the ten track album is I’m Not Sure It Will, I Know It Might and the acoustic intro stretches further into the song before the band joins in with a vengeance and that extra pep is evident in the raw Shotgun Saturday Night.

I Went To St. John’s And I Lost Everything again plays with the acoustic guitar supporting vocals but, this time, Noise Brigade display a restraint throughout the 5+ minute track and stay acoustic with some sad lyrics!

The penultimate track of the album, Mustard In A Ketchup Packet (super song title) gets things back into the punk rock groove with dueling vocals battling over chunky guitars and frenetic drums…it’s a fun track as the title demands. The band close this accomplished album with Jobbers In High Spots where melodic vocals open up with guitar accompaniment before launching into epic territory and then returning to the guitars and vocals – great stuff!

This is Fine by Noise Brigade is out May 5th on Manic Kat Records – http://www.manickatrecords.com/

 

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