The first thing that strikes me is the name of this band, which I like for being playful despite the album’s cover giving it a more serious vibe – you really can’t figure out what you’re going to get from The C’mons’ Places. If you’re a fan of Canadian indie bands like Mother Mother, this band will make a fan of you.
‘Only Ghost’ is the first song on the album and it’s certainly fun with a great flow. It’s well-promoted as a rock band and has a Tim Burton overture feel to it, being playfully creepy and haunting. The vocals sound almost hip hop, but the use here is effective. It’s a thrill ride from start to finish to jettison you into the heart of the album. And ‘Better & Kind’ is the soft heart of the album. Settling into a familiar pace, The C’mons know the traditional make-up of an album and respect it. This slower song isn’t boring and is soothing to the ears. It has a different vibe from the explosive first instalment but stays true to the style that the band puts out there. Now that’s a grand brand for this band.
You can feel the next song, ‘Set a Fire’, in the pit of your stomach, and like the name suggests, it’s a mounting flame that breaks into the sing-song voice of the lead vocalist. The guitar is very noticeable here too, keeping a rhythm to put the audience on edge during the chorus. The song’s intensity is a step-up from the last one and is an effective transition from sullen to sharp as the tune proceeds. The blend of voices gives the band another haunting edge. At this point, I was hoping for a more staggering song to ride off the momentum that the previous song had established instead of slumping into another quiet song like ‘Paper Walls’. Where the first song on the album was a shout, this one is more of a whisper. This isn’t a bad song and it certainly is an echo of what the cover of this album presents – and yet, I realize I speak too soon while listening to this song because I’m suddenly thrilled that the song does actually pick up during the chorus. The end is an audio orgasm to the soft-core build-up that this song ran with.
‘Poision’ has a greater sense of slick style than the other songs. It sounds like the first song on the album with matching vitality, bringing this record full-circle. This song has a greater sense of finality to it.
The C’mons have a style that you don’t hear very often. These kinds of game-changing up-and-comers is the reason why I like reviewing albums. I hope to see them get big in the Canadian music business.
For more on The C’mons, visit www.thecmonsmusic.com.