Coming out with an indie-rock album is a hard thing to do nowadays. While most bands out there go for the emo-rock route, picking the dead flesh off the body of Fugazi-era emo, The Emergency choose another path, instead taking cues from The Cars and Weezer. Not really datable or immediately able to be put into a genre, The Emergencyâ€™s music is a smart collection of poppy, jangly guitars and Rush-like bass. The first two tracks, â€œChurch of the Chix Denominationâ€ and â€œAll Over Townâ€, tend to go fairly quickly, but it is â€œMorning Announcementsâ€ where The Emergency really starts getting into the proverbial â€œgrooveâ€. Able to go and tread their own path musically, the truth of the matter is that there are few very songs that sail above the bottom line created by â€œHow Can You Move?â€ Thus, there are a large number of tracks on the disc that are just passable, but very few that actually raise themselves into being â€œdiamonds in the roughâ€. The tracks which are more ideologically and musically similar to a specific band, such as the Weezer outtake â€œWedding Marchâ€, are even more often than not those tracks which are not remarkable in any way.
The dark horse of the CD would be â€œMatt Wonâ€™t Come Backâ€. Starting out with a fairly weak tremulous voice, the ethereal nature of the rest of the song really makes the track something more than its constituent parts. The Emergency tries to recreate the open-air sound of â€œMatt Wonâ€™t Come Backâ€ in the follow up track, â€œCracked Upâ€, but all the pieces are just not meshing as well as in the previous track. The track of the disc is not one that follows the Weezer/Cars formula, but rather the instrumentally tough track â€œStop Signâ€. Previously anemic drums take their position as the driving factor on the disc, creating fills and essentially stopping the song for a few seconds dead in its track.
The Emergency is a band that can create solid songs practically all of the time, but they still need to work a little harder in creating tracks that truly stand above what has already been put out in the field. Tracks like â€œChannel Uâ€ are where the band should go â€“ continually changing up their sound, even in the space of a three + minute song, while still having a solid, fleshed-out drumbeat.
Top Tracks: Channel U, Matt Wonâ€™t Come Back
The Emergency â€“ How Can You Move? / 14 Tracks / YGoal Records / http://www.theemergency.net / firstname.lastname@example.org / Reviewed 17 April 2004