In biology, there’s a term called carrying capacity. This describes the maximum population a species can have before it starts to hurt itself as well as the environment it’s in, and, as a consequence of both, it declines. This is happening in the world of music right now. More so than ever, bands are splitting up, calling it quits, or going on indefinite hiatus.
Why’s this? Well, partly because there’s too many out there, and it’s not just the weaker members of the heard either; Anberlin, Yellowcard, Motion City Soundtrack, and The Dillinger Escape Plan have all decided to stop making music. However, they’ve all done so on their own terms, putting out a swansong album, and embarking on a final world tour. A last global hurrah, if you will, as they leave the stage strong and with their heads held high rather than crawling off it, starving with their tails between their legs.
Boston punk rockers A Loss For Words are the latest to retire from the stage, but instead of an almighty roar, they’ve left us with a more than fitting rowdy drunken cheer.
Opening with the clinking of glasses and the rabble of a bustling pub, ‘Crises’ (that’s right, not ‘Crisis’) continues in their trademark style of bar-brawling-punk-rock. Sure, it’s nothing new, but why would you try and mix it up on the last album that you’re gonna make and put out for all to hear? Instead, they give the fans exactly what they want – ten solid tracks of screaming-your-lungs-out, hearty, punk rock that they know and love.
A Loss For Words have always been a welcome presence at any festival, never failing to whip the crowd into a storm and putting on a hell of a show. However, their music has never been ground breaking enough to make them a figurehead of the genre like, say, The Story So Far has become over recent years.
It’s a true shame that these guys are calling it a day, but it’s a testament to the quality (and indeed quantity) of music that’s available now if a band of this calibre is considered the caff amongst the wheat.
Written by Andy Roberts (@sassensquatch)