The abrupt and out of the blue climax of The Chariot was one of the biggest stabs into the gut of the metalcore world last year, their frantic and chaotic ethos rarely matched by anyone else in the genre. However, tumbling on into a new project into two-piece ’68, frontman Josh Scogin has picked up a guitar, and together with sticksman Michael McClellan still carries the flag of choas into their debut LP, ‘In Humor And Sadness’.
One thing that is clear, despite the obvious similarities that would come from a previous act going into something new, is that ’68 are indeed a different beast to The Chariot. Everything is somewhat off the cuff, with welcomed mistakes in there for the sake of presenting the songs as they were meant to be: human. The off kilter rythmic strum alterations to the opening riff of ‘Track 10: .’, the amps struggling to push out the distortion and power the duo are trying to push out of them, and the trademark of Scogin stumbling on his own words throughout are just a few of the hooks that drag you into this record for replay after replay.
Though choas is an obvious returning trait, what we see scattered across this full-length are far more punk elements than we’ve seen Scogin tread near before, along with arguably entering into noise rock and other areas here and there. ‘Track 1: R’ is a riot induced affair, ‘Track 8: O’ is lathered with punk buzz, ‘Track 2: E’ holds looks into Scogin‘s previous work, and ‘Track 9: T’ probably stands as the most tame thing he has ever done.
If you’re looking for The Chariot 2.0 in ’68 for choas and brain mangling, you may find yourself a little short changed. However, ‘In Humor And Sadness’ stands as another great addition in Scogin‘s back-catalogue of material, brings a breath of fresh air into the genre, and could mark the beginning of a band who will reach (maybe even exceed) the same heights of The Chariot. Long live Scogin.
Written by Zach Redrup (@zachredrup)