Typesetter

Wild's End

Written by: PP on 06/11/2014 23:41:16

Just in time for FEST (Ed note: published after FEST), a review of one of the early bands to play at the festival and simultaneously one of the more quintessential FEST bands in terms of soundscape. I mean, Typesetter from Chicago are basically a masturbation between the shouted out melodies of Red City Radio and the more layered and complex instrumentals of Signals Midwest, with the vocal style ranging exactly between those two bands' respective singers from song to song. That is to say, we're dealing with passionate, gravelly basement punk with shout-out-loud sing alongs, melodically ringing guitars, and a production that leaves everything nicely rough around the edges. Basically, think bands like Timeshares et cetera, who play a highly similar basement style punk rock with Midwestern vibes as these guys do.

"Wild's End" is their debut album and a convincing one at that, at least if your musical preferences are within the spectrum of catchy guitar harmonies, gruff and gravelly vocals, and the typically honesty-driven, passionate soundscapes where vocal explosions are a plenty and not all songs need to be breakneck speed as a result. Indeed, Typesetter's material is often surprisingly contemplative and challenging for a punk rock band, as a slower and more meticulous song like "Cut Teeth" demonstrates with its multi-layered vocal approach and loud, varied guitars. Then you get to a song like "Nietzsche In Florida" and you practically can't differentiate between the Typesetter vocalist and the primary vocalist of Signals Midwest. And much like their material, the slower and more intricate song structure means it has a bit more room to breathe and resonate properly in the soundscape. In other words, slightly more ambitious than your standard Midwestern punk release. "Lapsed Asshole" is another highlight, this one slightly faster and more conventional in its roughened punk melodies, but it works nonetheless. "Settling" has a great guitar melody, and yet another Signals Midwest style vocal harmony to drive the song home. But the best song on the album is arguably the title track that also closes the record. It's like a Red City Radio song in disguise with its anthemic, layered chorus melody that is simply irresistible. Though the song takes a little while to get going, it progressively gets louder and louder until the cymbals start crashing and the gang-shouted chorus takes us straight back to the Red City Radio debut album melody-wise.

Overall, "Wild's End" is a great debut album. It's not trying to reinvent the wheel or even progress the genre in any way. It's textbook Midwestern punk rock with solid melodies and basement style sing alongs. But that, my friends, it does very well from song to song. It's also exactly the kind of material that FEST goers love to sing along to while drenched in sweat at the smaller venues of the festival. So despite not being particularly original, Typesetter's debut is a strong release that any of the fans of the aforementioned bands should be checking out.

Download: Obvious Imperfections, Wild's End, Settling, Nietzsche In Florida, Lapsed Asshole
For the fans of: Red City Radio, Signals Midwest, Timeshares, Nothington
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Release date 14.10.2014
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