The more things change, the more they stay the same. Where some bands are concerned, change can be a terrible thing, kind of like KISS without makeup. However, pulsating power punk trio The Cell Phones
decided to pick up where they left off on their 2011 Hospital Spaceship
EP and pack their brand new full-length, Get You Alone
, full of grinding pop and punk numbers that fall somewhere between Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Death From Above 1979, but are as equally satisfying.
From the first opening drum beats of the cheeky intro track "Heavy Flow" to the reverb-drenched closer "Out," The Cell Phones are working hard to propel you into movement. Each track pummels ear drums with hard and fast drum beats, and low and nimble bass notes. The dynamic only lets up to lull listeners into a false sense of security before dialing up the intensity.
A few of the tracks on Get You Alone
are not completely unknown to the Cell Phones fan base, as "Homoerotic," for instance, has been a part of the outfit's live shows for the past year and a half. However, Get You Alone
's slick production adds a coat of polish, as well as a new sense of urgency, to the group's signature brand of chaos.
One thing that definitely has not changed in the Cell Phones' dynamic -- and I hope it never does -- is the still unmistakable and completely tantalizing voice of lead singer Lindsey Charles. Get You Alone
expertly showcases Charles' raw talent as she seductively croons and then erupts into a wall of earth-shattering wails at any given moment.
Charles' voice is just as prominent an instrument as Ryan Szeszycki's throbbing acoustic bass solos or Justin Purcell's rapid fire and purely maniacal drum beats, on album highlights "French Door" and "$!".
Forgive me for drawing parallel's to Get You Alone
to No Doubt's Return of Saturn
. But, hear me out. ROS was No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani's "grown up" record, where she detailed her logging for adulthood things like marriage and a family throughout an album-worth of songs. While things are not as sugar-coated on Get You Alone
the album's title track is indeed addressed to Charles' "future husband." That's probably where the comparisons end, as Charles vocals are a notch above Stefani's California squeak.
There's an age old saying, "If it ain't broke don't fix it." The Cell Phones' Get You Alone
not only subscribes to this theory, the band proves why it is true. There's nothing wrong with deviating from the norm, but there's also nothing wrong with doing 'you' well. So you do you, Cell Phones.
THE CELL PHONES
SUNDAY, JUNE 23
$30 (donation for 2-day pass).
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