ALBUM: Prawn – Kingfisher
August 12th, 2014
The indie/emo scene is coming back, but not the way that you’d expect it to be. For most people when they hear the word ’emo’, their minds trickle off to bands like Black Veil Brides, My Chemical Romance, and even Motionless In White. Whilst most people contribute face paint, wearing mostly black and portraying the life of an outcast, the bands that should be properly labelled into this genre are the ones that are more melodic and hold an emotional/depression driving sentiment behind its lyrical content and its instrumentation.
Bands like Jimmy Eat World, Sunny Day Real Estate and Further Seems Forever take the emo route much more of adding a somewhat ‘indie flavour’ to their music, and the sound has been coming through strongly ever since. There has been a lot of revival in music and the genre’s status has been seeping through a bit more, especially with the more underground bands. One band that has pushed further into this is a band called Prawn from New Jersey.
Once the first track enters through your speakers, you’re treated with a very clean and somewhat soap-opera styled musical ensemble. The guitar parts and the snare in the intro of ‘Scud Running’ are timed together to give the song a lot more of an edge and a liking towards the album. The vocals strain a bit, but it doesn’t take away too much of the record into a swan dive. Once you start making your way through the album, you get a more distorted sound, which livens the record up and will definitely get a good reception live.
One of the more stand out tracks on the record is ‘Dialect Of…’, one of the more mixed songs on the album. With the scale of vocals changing around during each section and the bass/drums combination really feeding the energy to one another, it gives the track an extra piece of enthusiasm to give the mellow and melodic sections a chance to shine through.
A track that seems to feel a bit misplaced is ‘Absurd Walls’. Overall, it starts off strongly with the heavy reverb on the guitar giving the track something more special and the vocals channeling the softer part of this song, but it’s the fact that the song seems to end so abruptly before you get a chance to enjoy it any further. It seems like the song could have been double the length and would have made a great statement to the album, but that just isn’t the case.
‘Kingfisher’ is a great underdog record to get people listening and looking back on a genre that thrived and was made popular so much back in the early periods, but it feels like the space left for this genre is feeling a lot more vacant. Good on Prawn for bringing back something that has been missing for a while.
Written by Josh Palmer