Friday, June 24, 2005
Lawrence's Davan fits sharply into the new breed of experimentalists pushing the punk rock vernacular. In music journalist terms, Davan plays "post-hardcore." In your Dad's terms: "What the hell is this crap?"
The band shares the sensibilities of local bands like Ad Astra Per Aspera dissonance before melody, chaos before control. The average listener can lock into the guitars, the bass lines and the drums : but things get goofy from there.
At times "Nevada" seems to collapse under the weight of its own ambition. The vocals veer in and out of tune, the harmonies are more creepy than complementary, and the songs seem to be composed piecemeal without regard for the listeners' best interests.
The disc hits on a more cohesive sound on tracks like "Napfreesleep" and "I Want to Kiss You Werry Mismas," which settle into smooth Gang of Four-type grooves with seductive guitar dissonance. The rhythmic variations that color these tracks are enticing, but slower tracks like "April As In A Woman's Name" sound limp and monotone.
If punk rock is going to survive, it's going to have to evolve. In that sense, Davan is on the right track. But it's going to take more than pushing the envelope to create a memorable record it's going to take memorable songs.
No MP3s are currently available for this album.
"Nevada" has its moments, but Davan seems to take more pleasure in destroying them than enjoying them. But hey, that's punk rock : right?