Constants’ approach to post-rock is one that takes them via archaic purveyors of what was then emo: throughout The Murder Of Tom Fitzgerril, a four-tracker that stretches for almost forty minutes, the listener can detect traces of The Appleseed Cast and Planes Mistaken For Stars, as well as a handful of Deep Elm acts past. This is no bad thing, and the additional emotive textures provided by ever-so-slightly indiscernible lyrics ensure that the Boston trio’s lengthy EP is never dull.
Rhythms wander, seemingly aimlessly, only to realign with explosive force; riffs build to a peak where they then tumble, crashing past the sort of incessantly pounding drums that mark so many post-rockers of today. Compositions are allowed space to breath – hence the hefty running time – but never do they become bloated, leading to an experience that’s as comparable to the acts above as it is the likes of Pelican or even, demonic vocals aside, Isis. Keeping things European, imagine Jeniferever with harder vocals and beefier guitars and you’re in a near-enough musical neighbourhood.
A hard-touring act with ten of 2006’s twelve months assigned to an on-the-road existence, it’d be a crime if Constants never brought their epic rock to the UK; any domestic labels or promoters looking to bolster their books with a really refreshing-sounding act, one that can wrap the listener up in cotton wool only to then toss them off a cliff without resorting to the completely conventional compositional ways of many contemporary post-rockers, you should point your browser the way of those links above.
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