A Loss For Words

A Loss For Words

A Loss for Words

No Sanctuary

Rise Records

More itchy buzzy power pop with sliding guitars, fuzzed up bass and angry driving lyrics flow from A Loss for Words, the latest band from Boston. They cook a solid high energy presentation with cool album covers and boast a trio of EPs, and this 11-track set is their second full album. I guess people still release albums, but for newbie bands they might as well post songs on their websites as soon as they get them mixed.

I didn’t get a track list in this download and I’m terrible at guessing titles, even when they’re available at Amazon.com, but I like the sound. The band is better at projecting tight melodies and hooky-sounding cuts while lead vocalist Matt Arsenault struggles to make himself heard. There are dual guitarists: “Nevada” Smith and Marc Dangora, and both make a full, rich, and satisfying ear-bud-testing sound. In back there’s a drummer (Jack McHugh) and off to one side a bassist (Mike Adams). Lyrically these guys are where most bands are: looking for a girlfriend, railing against the injustice of the world, and hoping to make “tour bus full of groupies” rock star status. They might rise to that hallowed level; their playing is confident, they know their songs are the ones America wants to hear, and they even get out and play as often as possible.

These guys rock, and are ready to roll. Give ’em a listen; it’s good for your soul.

A Loss for Words: www.myspace.com/alossforwordswww.riserecords.com

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