Written by: Andrea Janov, CC2K Music Editor
What first drew me into this records was the rawness of the distortion, I just couldn’t resist it. Lawnmower mix 90s alternative with indie with punk and it comes out sounds weird and unique and totally awesome.
Team Spirit opens up Whack Yer Brain with an amazing alt indie rock track full of amazing distortion and feedback. Beware Heather Sinclair starts with guitar chords that immediate take you to Nirvana’s Teen Spirit before they thrush you into a Weezer-esq (you know, back when they were good, the blue album) track about the one and only Heather Sinclair. Speaking of the amazing Degrassi world, Spinner’s Got A Mohawk is the punk rock track on the album. It is fast and fun in the line of The Queers and Dead Milkmen. Party Favors is an intense track full of gnarly guitars, heavy distortion, and creepy vocals. The last track is Adams, a dark grungy alternative track with really cool effects.
Whack Yer Brain is one of the most eclectic records I have listened to in a long time and I love how every song takes you to a different spot. They keep you on your toes, surprising you with every track. And really, Heather Sinclair is clearly the most awesome Degrassi character.
Elway, who you may know better as 10-4 Eleanor, has just released Leavetaking, an emo record with a bit more rock than that label usually allows. With elements of indie, blues, punk, and pop this record has a unassuming depth. The whole album has a vibe of awareness of the depth of a fleeting moment, it is best summed up by their own lyrics in Ariel, “Just another memory / I’ll lose in time.”
Salton Sea is a but indie, a bit rockabilly, and bit emo. The styles meld together into this track that is laid back yet catchy. Prophetstown is hooky emo indie that reminds you of Misser. Someday, Sea Wolf is totally weird and awesomely upbeat while Montreal is a stripped down emo track with an acoustic guitar and a rawness that is intoxicating. Ariel is a catchy garage rock track oozes nostalgia and demands your attention.
The Great Divorce is hands down my favorite track. It is an emo, indie, bluesy track that begins with sparse music and a raspy voice that drags you in just before it explodes. Even with the louder faster music the raspy voice remains, yet it gains intensity, that is irresistible.