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Review: 'Watertank'
'Silent Running'   

-  Genre: 'Rock' -  Release Date: '4th September 2020'

Our Rating:
I’m torn. Is this limp, generic alt-rock, or is it something more? I felt the same on first hearing This Et Al, The Telegraphs, and Eight Storey Window, three bands I absolutely love but found myself on the fence with at first.

Here’s the quandary: where to they sit on the spectrum between Oceansize and Muse or some fairly tepid indie / alt-rock? The first track, ‘Envision’ exemplifies the dilemma: it’s expansive and has a certain neoprog vibe, but is equally quite accessible and a bit Foos. And is the ‘woo-hoo’ backing to the chorus acceptable, a punk throwback, or some stadium-indie Kerrang Radio mainstresminess? And why can’t I decide?

‘Silent Running’ shared a title with a single by Mike & the Mechanics for a start, and is one of those albums that balances accessibility and true grit, and there’s a lot of good noise and angsty aggression here. The title track is a hybrid of Oceansize and Fugazi, a collision of punk and epic contemporary prog, while ‘Beholders’ has a strong Amplifier hue. A lot of it’s in the dynamics. They do often evoke Trail of Dead and Six Organs of Admittance.

Then again, ‘The Ejector Slide’ could easily be ‘Everlong’ reimagined.. but ‘Timezone’ has a dash of Shellac and lumbers along and ultimately, this is an album of contrasts. And they work. It shouldn’t be a question of dynamics or harmony: Watertank clearly understand both, and have produced an album which has both tunefulness and attack, and it’s not only accomplished but seriously good.

  author: Christopher Nosnibor

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