A change of name, a new record company and a new album; busy times indeed for Pennsylvania band ‘Superhaven’.
‘Ours is Chrome’ is the band’s first release via the impressive ‘SideOneDummy’ label. The LP is the follow-up to 2013’s ‘Jar’ and the first under their new moniker; the band was forced to change their name from ‘Daylight’ after a legal dispute.
With so many changes it must be comforting for fans that the overall sound remains the same on this 2015 release. The band continues to offer-up howling guitars, well-constructed melodies and addictive choruses. This really is a case as ‘business as usual’ with regards to the material on offer.
And therein lays the problem. Sure this is a well written and well produced album. Also, there appear to be a number of likeable tracks (‘I’ve Been Bored’, ‘Room’ and ‘Leach’) but there seems to be little attempt to contrive anything new. No one is asking the band to re-invent their sound but this release is so similar to its predecessor that it beggars belief.
Given the opportunity to re-brand (so to speak) surely it would have been logical to add something else to their sound? While ‘Jar’ may have been one of the rock high-lights of 2013 this new LP simply demonstrates the band to be a one-trick-pony. It’s incredibly frustrating as their musical talent is quite obvious; some of the guitars on this album are wildly delicious.
It’s a disappointing release that offers little in the way of variety but does offer a glimmer of forthcoming potential.
‘Ours Is Chrome’ is out now on SideOneDummy Records
The full track-listing for ‘Ours Is Chrome’ is as follows…
‘I’ve Been Bored’
‘Next to Nothing’
‘All the Pain’
‘Dig Into Me’
‘From the Chest Down’