Jarrod Alonge may have rose to fame on the web as a comedian and master of parody in the alternative scene, but he’s certainly no stranger to creating musical output either, with projects such as Sunrise Skater Kids, Amidst The Grave’s Demons, and Canadian Softball.
This time, he’s putting out his first serious, non-fictitious, and non-parody effort into music with CrazyEightyEight, gathering both Lauren Babic and Tyson Dang of Red Handed Denial on vocals and drums, as well as Patty Walters from As It Is. The band’s debut album, ‘Burning Alive’ is creative and unexpected, full of surprises and catchy riffs.
The album follows a very cinematic, closed in feel from the get-go, with every song being influenced by a film in some way. Proceedings start with ‘Reboot’, featuring spoken speech which immediately captures your attention. It transitions seamlessly into ‘Fortune And Glory, Kid’, which is a definite highlight track. Between Babic‘s screamed vocals and the barrage of drums and backing vocals, it’s an intense, creative, and truly unique track.
‘Nitroglycerin’ and ‘Bastard From A Basket’ put Walters‘ bass playing to the test, which, alongside Alonge‘s backing vocals, prove that sometimes the unexpected is truly the best way forward.
‘Hannah’ showcases the band’s versatility and ability to take things down a notch. It features strings that give the record a nice breather, with Babic‘s soothing vocals being the focus of the track. It’s not long before the album picks the tempo up again, with the likes of ‘My Friends, You Bow To No One’ and ‘Tears In Rain’ providing the classic pop-punk uniform.
CrazyEightEight‘s members have all brought something unique to the album, and brought their own talents to the forefront of the music. While it fits the rock and pop-punk genre down to a tee, they’ve added their own unique twist and, as debut albums go, ‘Burning Alive’ is a success. It’ll be interesting to see where it takes these mixed bag of musicians in 2019.