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The North Atlantic

The North Atlantic: Wires in the WallsWires in the Walls (2006)
WPO Records

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I have to confess that math rock has always been one of those things I've really wanted to get into but I have always had a hard time making a smooth transition from being a fan of it played live to fan of it on my stereo. The North Atlantic leave that problem in the dust on their new album, Wires i.
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I have to confess that math rock has always been one of those things I've really wanted to get into but I have always had a hard time making a smooth transition from being a fan of it played live to fan of it on my stereo. The North Atlantic leave that problem in the dust on their new album, Wires in the Walls, by producing a perfect blend of absolute melody, rock, and math nerdness.

What's best about the North Atlantic is displayed immediately. Their technical abilities never stop the band from bursting into giant melodic rock moments, best displayed in the transition between the first and second tracks, "The Lotus Eater" and "Drunk Under Electrics." The former starts off with nothing but clapping, shouting, and a jagged guitar note before bursting into a spastic two-and-a-half romp of nearly drowned-out vocals and, again, those spastic guitars. Meanwhile, the opening notes of "Dark Under Electrics" is a huge riff influenced equally by mid-`90s grunge and Small Brown Bike.

Throughout its entire duration, Wires in the Walls, tries to do it all. Rather than fall short in every aspect, they excel. While the aforementioned Michigan post-punk sound dominates much of the record, the North Atlantic are especially great when trying out poppier songs, such as the stellar "Scientist Girl," whose lines "I'd rather listen to the Clash all night, than be with you," come off amazingly strong instead of sounding as dreadful as they first appear. This feel continues through the next song, "Bottom of This Town," a stunningly beautiful and atmospheric song. However, the album's final track, "The Ministry of Helicopters," is an all out assault textured with far too many layers to pick apart.

Wires in the Walls is actually an old album. The band pressed a few hundred copies of it back in 2003 and sold it on their last tour before going on hiatus while vocalist/guitarist Jason Hendrix pursued a college degree. After playing a couple of shows the band decided that hey, this is fun. We Put Out Records picked them up and re-released the album. Go ahead and thank them.

 

 
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Archangel (August 10, 2006)

I saw this review, went to Twist & Shout (Denver) and found the original release in the used section. I bought it and God damn, it's awesome.

wrongstring (July 26, 2006)

if you see them live try and pick up a copy of the EP they released last fall, Saint Amnesia. its an undeniable upward progression and logical next step from Wires. Can't wait till they do their time on the road and start recording a new full length. its about time people heard this band.

Anonymous (July 12, 2006)

Beautiful cover art, like a dream.

cantsitstill (July 11, 2006)

so someone explain to me what WPO is.
is it something like Warner>East/West>WPO?

crazyjoedevola (July 11, 2006)

"...especially great when trying out poopier songs..."

Am I the only one who snickered when reading this? Why are poop and fart jokes always funny???

aubin (July 11, 2006)

I'm glad someone finally gave this a proper release. This was one of those great little records that it seemed like people wouldn't hear. WPO is doing pretty well, probably the most consistent of the East/West labels.

inagreendase (July 11, 2006)

This album is pretty good.

The whole upstreaming thing makes me slightly uncomfortable, but EastWest has definitely produced a few great albums so far, and those are just from bands being allowed to form their "own" labels.

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