Release Date: Out Now
Reviewed By: Matthew Clewley
After forming in 2010, alternative rock band Crying Sirens have been progressing into a ferocious songwriting machine. They seem to be unsung heroes of the Australian scene, with their ’90s influenced rock. Their influences range from bands such as Foo Fighters and Deftones to give them a solid rock sound. Six years later they are preparing themselves for the release of their most anticipated album so far; an album to prove themselves worthy of being a staple name in the Australian music scene. Their album launch for Atsu at the Cherry Bar on AC/DC Lane on the 10th September, but is the album worth the $13 entry?
Atsu opens up with the immediately energetic Sometimes to shake you awake with its catchy lyrics. The title track is a nice instrumental that eases into the brilliant hard rocker Heavy Stones. Fade Away follows suit from the previous track and continues the addictive rock vibe that Atsu is giving off so far. Most of the first half of Atsu comes across like arena rock classics, and then you reach the next track Lesser. Lesser is the ballad of the piece, with its slow pace and melodic vocals; so yes, you will shed a single tear. The calm mood continues forth throughout Atsu despite their distortion-filled riffs until Vitamins destroys that mood with an explosive entrance. Descend is the last track on the album; it was the first song that was released as a single off Atsu. Its calm yet rocking vibe makes this song the perfect way to end a brilliant album.
Throughout the album there’s a great tradeoff between screaming and clean vocals rising above the timeless riffs and rock n roll beats. They are everything you could ever want in a hard rock band, as they’re never scared to experiment with their sound, vocals or lyrics. That experimentation is fully appreciated with nods at classic and modern rock bands. From vicious rocking tunes to tearful lead ballads, Atsu is an album that every rock fan should avail themselves of. So, should you go to the album launch next weekend? Yes, of course you should; Crying Sirens will rock your fucking socks off!