ALBUM REVIEW: Selfish Things – Logos

Release Date: September 20th 2019
Label: Pure Noise Records


For almost a year, Canadian quartet Selfish Things have steadily released new music, all leading up to their highly anticipated debut full-length, ‘Logos’. It may have been a while in the making, but this is an album that will not disappoint.

This 40-minute offering combines a perfect blend of the alternative rock genre and just enough experimenting to keep your interest peaked throughout. ‘Blood’ will take very few listens before you find yourself singing along with it, and it’s easy to picture this being a hit at live shows.

Crown The Empire fans will no doubt rejoice with Andy Leo‘s guest appearance for this intimate song, which deals with the loss of a family member. Written by frontman Alex Brio, who faced the tragic passing of his grandmother as they were recording the album, it’s a touching and genuine number.

Whilst the album largely deals with life’s turmoil, there’s still some lighter pop-punk numbers in the mix. Both ‘Rowen’ (written about Brio‘s daughter) and ‘Crutch’ serve up catchy riffs and sing-along lyrics. The pair possess the kind of lively melodies we’ve come to expect from the likes of Brand New and Jimmy Eat World, still owning that rockier undertone without ever coming across as too poppy.

The standout track comes in the form of ‘Synaptic’. Everything that this song offers is just exceptional. The lyrics delicately deal with self-worth and mental health whilst tying in a questioning of a higher power perfectly, with lyrics such as “I think God might be dead on arrival / Probably hates what he built ’cause it’s evil / I’m a church and my pride is the steeple”, and then coinciding this idea with a choir-like backing makes for a powerful 3-minutes of storytelling.

Nestled neatly together are ‘Logos’‘ two love songs that couldn’t be anymore opposite to one another. ‘Mind’ is a beautiful track, fantasising pure love and all the vulnerability and emotions that comes with it – a dedication from Biro to his wife. ‘Drained’, however, is a much heavier number that delves into a relationship that’s going nowhere but you’re so involved that it can seem impossible to end, and exploring the claustrophobia that can surrounds it.

Finale ‘Youth’ feels like the calm after a very emotionally heavy storm. There’s a City & Colour vibe to the song that’s simplistic with just an acoustic guitar encompassing the raw and naive theme of the track perfectly.

This is 11 tracks of every challenging emotion you can think of, and will most definitely have you questioning so much by the end of it. Whether that be society issues, your place on this earth, or even someone you once dated five years ago, be prepared for a whirlwind of feelings. It’s evident this is a body of work that this band can be proud of. They say good things come to those who wait, and anyone who has been eagerly awaiting the arrival of ‘Logos’ will surely not be disappointed by what Selfish Things have delivered.