ALBUM: In Dynamics – Everything I See
August 1st, 2016
Comprising of frontman Beau Boulden and brothers Jack and Will Wrench, Sussex based trio In Dynamics spent their 2015 releasing a couple of critically acclaimed EPs, ‘Circle’ and ‘Questions’. After spending a couple of years on the read honing their sound and building up a solid fan base, debut record ‘Everything I See’ looks to build on this momentum.
Through opening track ‘This Is The Start Of Nothing’, with its graceful introduction and melodic pacing, there are a few immediate comparisons that spring to mind. Blending Press To Meco‘s progressively tinged guitar riffs with the vocal fluidity of Don Broco, the desire to be radio-friendly is very much evident.
However, this does lend itself to a rather derivative blandness that never manages to stray far from the mind. ‘In This Light’ combines a rather repetitive chorus with huge layers of sheen, while ‘Leviticus’ has a semi-acoustic nature to it with no real pace or bite through its running time. Boulden‘s vocals are crystal clear, but almost sound too ‘nice’ with some of his high-pitch levels through the roof.
There’s a bit of uniqueness to ‘A String Of Losses’ with some interesting changes in tone throughout and an almost anthemic nature to its sound. But, more often than not, the mainstream sensibilities creep back through into the foreground and swamp the listener with material that has been heard countless times before.
At least the closing track on the record and the album’s title-track encourages the listener to pay a bit more attention. There’s another massive anthemic vibe which creates a real sense that this could be a true fan favourite in the live environment, coupled with a superb guitar solo towards the end of the track that’s steeped in atmosphere.
They’ve labelled themselves as having “carefully composed melodies and powerful hooks enshrined in technical guitar work and mosh-pit worthy riffs”, but you’d have to really look hard for anything that could be even remotely considered mosh pit worthy. If they manage to dumb down the alt rock accessibility with a bit more of the post and math rock characteristics that they clearly evidence, then perhaps they could be considered among the Biffy Clyro and Press To Meco of the alternative world. Until then, there really isn’t anything memorable to grab the listener for a repeat listen.
Written by Neil Criddle (@DJCriddz)