The Last Drop…
Where Were You Living a Year From Now?
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What an interesting sound these guys have constructed. Any fan of Nirvana will notice, immediately, just how incredibly similar The Last Drop’s lead singer sounds/screams like Kurt Cobain; it’s kind of spooky. The sound on Where Were You Living a Year From Now? can best be described as this: Imagine Kurt were still alive, and that Nirvana is still a band and making records. Imagine, too, that the band had taken some music lessons, learned to play intricate/math metal, and gone back to their tough guy days of Bleach: you would have The Last Drop…
Being a Nirvana fan myself (although I prefer the In Utero-era Nirvana), I was instantly a fan of this record. It really is like a new, more talented Nirvana. I think, though, that the songs on Where Were You… are little too hard and metal to actually have commercial appeal. You must remember that the majority of the record buying public considers Godsmack tough; remember, too, that Godsmack’s style of “metal” is the low “E” string played in varied syncopation, each variation producing a new “song” (or as they call it, a “mover of product”). Now, with that being said, The Last Drop’s impressive technical and math skills may work against them, if their goal is to move unit.
On the other have, songs like “Cheese, Wine, and Discussion” have a very Lateralus-era Tool feel to them, which could make them darlings of the Tool/A Perfect Circle fan base. The same can be said about “The Cheese on Toast Experience” — it’s gritty and hard, technical and mathematical, but maybe too complex for a poorly educated record buying public, as to the ways of music truly decent.
To make a long story short, Where Were You… is fantastic and rocking; my opinion, though, is probably biased, because of my undying love for Nirvana (I nearly peed my pants when I heard “You Know You’re Right” on the radio a few weeks ago!). The music is very well constructed and delivered. The songs are relatively singable, and the guitar riffs are more brutal than any ever constructed by Nirvana, to be frankly honest. Tool fans, I think you’ll enjoy this too. Heck, anyone in the 24-34 age range will think this is the second coming of the early ’90s; but this time, the musicians are doing right, focusing on time changes and a truly metal base.
P.S.: These guys used to be called “Shallow,” so fans of them, take note.
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