Neomythics - New Corporate Resistance (Cover Artwork)
Staff Review


New Corporate Resistance (2012)

Ex-Fed Records

If anything, Neomythics are an example of the modern rock band. A combination of post-punk riffage and clean, soaring vocals, the band use the hallmarks of Joy Division, the Police and Gang of Four while sounding undeniably modern.

The main reason for the modern sound is how the clean the vocals sound. Bands like Radiohead, Muse, and the Postal Service made soaring, clean vocals popular again after grunge and post-grunge, and Neomythics take the next step. By using an energetic, but emotionally cold vocal style, Neomythics give the tracks a Berlin-style icyness. This makes the songs on New Corporate Resistance both open to interpretation and a little bit scary.

Throughout the album, the band drive the music forward but often drop in cacophonic sound son top of the smooth surface in a UK late80's style. Then, this style is contrasted by the open chord, clean tones which recall the Strokes as much as U2.

The songs are driven forward by a pounding bass and Zounds/Gang of Four-style tribal drums. The songs hit hard, but more with a certain lightness. On "Now We Know," the bass and drums take the forefront and allow the guitars to soar on the top, creating more texture than riffs. However, when the guitar does take the forefront, such as the rocking Barefoot Bandit, the band retains their icy veneer, but really get down.

Although none of the songs feature pure aggression, the subtle reserved aggression makes the nastier parts that much more threatening. "G.T.F.O." has the lyrics "Get the fuck out." They're not screamed so much as spoken, which makes them that much more threatening.

Though the album builds an interesting construct of spacial threat, at times, it would serve the band to break out from their cage a little more. They've painted their background and have built an interesting model, but some more unexpected elements that don't quite flow so nicely with the band's massive sound would make it a more compelling listen. The band are off to a great start and if they get a little bit more unusual in some parts (and they're kind of unusual already), they'll produce wonderfully horrifying coolness.

Fun fact: Harvey Mandel, who recorded with Canned Heat and even TWO Rolling Stones tracks does a solo on this album!