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The Decay

The Decay: This Months RentThis Months Rent (2010)
self-released

Reviewer Rating: 2.5
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The Decay are a Canadian melodic punk act with some heavy street punk-esque overtones. With This Months Rent, there's three things that bother me about the layout: the lack of an easily navigational track listing anywhere; the grammatical error; and the unpleasant surprise of being mooned by a hairy.


The Decay are a Canadian melodic punk act with some heavy street punk-esque overtones. With This Months Rent, there's three things that bother me about the layout: the lack of an easily navigational track listing anywhere; the grammatical error; and the unpleasant surprise of being mooned by a hairy backside in the tray art. With the actual music itself, nothing really bothers me per se, but the Decay aren't doing anything special or wild enough to truly grab me.

To their credit, the band's got a clear handle on cohesiveness, flow, and exuberance. What they do is actually kind of unique in a way too, since if we're drawing comparisons they can really only be made vaguely. Their singer has a tinge of Frankie Stubbs-esque rasp, and the band march forth with the camaraderie, energy and guitar work of a Street Dogs record, peppering the songs with enlivened backup gang shouts.

But there's something largely missing from This Months Rent--maybe it's any sort of restraint; maybe it's a lack of variety; maybe the hooks just aren't strong enough; maybe the songs are conducted well, but are still forgettable. It seems like a mix of all these things, really.

Little extras help keep attention afloat, at least--whether that be the muffled sound clip and building guitar riff to open "Winterlude"; more jagged, dynamic chord changes and texture-assisting tambourine in "Hey Blondie I'm Dreaming"; the near straight-ahead hardcore vibe of the otherwise unfortunately lyrically incomprehensible "All I Need"; or the folky upstroke shuffle and transition to bigger sing-along--by and large the album's modus operandi--of "I'm Moving to B.C.".

It's clear the Decay have the best of intentions--they put the album up for free download, and suggested the donations go directly to CH Global for Haitian relief efforts.

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DuffB (November 19, 2012)

I just remembered this review and got angry again!

letmycamerongo (November 24, 2010)

dudes are way off on this one! just wished I owned a physical copy of the record.

TylerSavage (July 27, 2010)

You guys are really nice - thanks!

II don't know if anyone has ever re-viewed something in the history of.. anything, but the spirit is appreciated

davemtl (July 26, 2010)

I second that about the reviewer needing to see them live. The Decay are a great live band. Solid dudes too.

xfallenx (July 26, 2010)

maybe the reviewer needs to see them live. the decay are awesome!

daveemrich (July 24, 2010)

This album is incredibly well written. The lyrics are somewhat confusing at times, but the hooks and melodies make up for it entirely. This is definitely one of my favourite albums from the area.

DuffB (July 23, 2010)

I like this band a whole lot.

Quinnster (July 23, 2010)

Definitely one of the albums of the year for me, but even if it's got its flaws, 3.5-4 stars is fair.

loudspkr (July 23, 2010)

I think the reviewer needs to listen to this record again.

jo_punk_promoter (July 23, 2010)

Woa! 2 and a half star!? Really!? I mean, i get it, you're always a bit harder in your review than the other reviewer here, but this dosent make any sense. To me, it's a 4 and a half for sure.

Dsquared (July 23, 2010)

Anyone giving this two stars isn't paying attention.

I hope the reviewers feelings were really, really hurt by a picture of a dudes ass.

TylerSavage (July 23, 2010)

haha

the apostrophe looked weird on the cover and I took it out. I didn't think anyone would caaaare!

track listing is on inside panel?

Technology is difficult for punks to use :(

FAskies (July 23, 2010)

i loved this record 5/5 for me

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