When I first started offering bands the opportunity to submit their material to me, there was a thought that kept going through my head: “What if they’re all terrible??” A silly thought, of course. The law of averages says that they couldn’t ALL be bad.
And that turned out to be true. Of the submissions received so far, I don’t think any of them have been terrible. Not my cup of tea? Sure. A couple of those. But nothing I would write off as completely awful.
And when it comes to the band who got their music to me first, The Sweeps, I could use a lot of words, and none of them would be awful.
I was a bit concerned after the opening track, “Corsettes.” Not a bad song by any means, but it sounds a bit like the band is trying to sound the way mainstream alt-rock radio says a band should sound. Never a good idea. So track one does have some good stuff going on, but it reminds me too much of disposable music you’d hear on Q101 like Blink-182 or All-American Rejects (yes I chose both of those for the hyphens).
My problems with the record pretty much end there, though. I could nitpick a couple of things, but for the most part The Terrible Children is a fun record that shows off some great guitar riffs, danceable party grooves, and lyrics that are mostly a cut above. It will stand alone as a fine album, but it also plays as a nice precursor for things to come from The Sweeps.
My favorite song on the record is “And His Gold,” which is not representative of the album at all really. It’s what I think bluegrass on steroids would sound like; all crushing guitars and sweet harmonies, pounding bass. If The Terrible Children‘s nine tracks were all like this one, I would tell them to keep a space on the bookshelf open for a Grammy.
Alas, they aren’t all as good. There are some flashes of brilliance throughout the album. The lyrics to the song “Guns” are probably the best on the record, but something about the musical end of it leaves me a bit cold. Album closer “The Sound of Cannons” has a lot going for it, but the point where it explodes isn’t quite as impactful as it should be.
Overall I dig the album. This isn’t the kind of music I seek out on my own in general, so I was happy that they sent me their stuff. That allows me to tell you all about it. If you like energetic alt-dance rock (is that a thing? It is now), then you’ll seriously enjoy The Terrible Children.