King's Eden

Era Of The Youth EP

Written by: PP on 17/01/2012 01:47:37

Sometimes self-released records should've stayed in the rehearsal space for a few more years. "Era Of The Youth" EP by Halifax, Canada based garage rockers King's Eden is one of those records. It's a female fronted record riddled with alt rock clichés and zero originality, which you can sometimes get away with, but what's worse, the songs simply aren't interesting. Kids, this how below average and boring music sounds like. It's not bad enough to be annoying, but it feels pointless, flat, and uninspiring in pretty much every way you look at it.

I'm not the one usually to drop the ax on small units such as these, but this is one of those instances where a reality check is in order. One, the production is awful, but hey, it's a self-released effort. Two, and this is the important part, their female vocalist is horrible. Not only does she sound like the worst aspects of Anouk and Hole's respective singers combined, but she spends the entirety of the record off-key, off-tune, wailing annoyingly with next to no melody. Animal torture comes to mind, but that's being a little bit too harsh. Three, their songwriting follows a grungy garage/alt rock formula to the letter, but without any understanding of what made the best albums in those genres good. The melodies are flat, the guitars sound like they just learned to play a few riffs, and the feeling of rebellion, which they are clearly going for, isn't convincing at all.

Together, those amount into a release that's below average to the point that you've forgotten the songs ten seconds after you're done with them. There's much prejudice about female fronted rock around, and King's Eden are doing no favors for other aspiring bands in that style. Sorry for being harsh, but like I said, this band needs a reality check before they decide to spend more money in recording new songs.

Download: Nothing of interest here
For the fans of: Hole, Spinnerrette, Anouk
Listen: Bandcamp

Release date 19.05.2011

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