After fronting American noiseniks The Chariot for a decade, Josh Scogin knows a thing or two about making a racket. Following the band’s demise, Scogin has formed '68; a two piece with him on vocals and guitar and Matt McClellan on drums. Their debut album ‘In Humour And Sadness’ sees Scogin remain comfortable doing loud music, despite playing with less musicians than he’s used to. The album also sees him stretch his wings a bit.
‘In Humor And Sadness’ starts with raging opener ‘Track one: R’ which has a Nirvana, 'In Utero' vibe to it with walls of feedback between the distorted and stompy riffs, unrelenting drums, gritty vocals and feisty lyrics like, ‘You’ve got nothing to prove, but you’re going to prove it anyway’ all of which gets you pumped for the rest of the record. ‘Track two: e’ is much of the same and yet equally very different. It’s still raw with punchy loud moments, but slower and moodier overall with gentle guitar breaking up the fierceness. ‘Track three: g’ is another kind of beast; it is a huge hard rock number with a thick, groove driven riff and gang vocals which come together to create an epic noise.
Despite there being many different styles of guitar music explored across this album, all the songs flow nicely along with Scogin’s primal howl and rough strumming. Take ‘Track six: t’ for instance; it’s colourful, jangly indie rock for the most part, but Scogin still sounds unhinged as ever as he yells like it’s all he knows how to do. ‘Track seven: n’ goes even further down the indie route with warm summery guitar and positive lines like, ‘Everyone’s given up but I was born on a different day and I drink from a different cup’.
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