Last week, Henri Jourdan, a friend of mine from high school asked me to review his band’s album and I happily accepted the offer. I love supporting my friends in anyway that I can and it was super fun to check out the project he’s created!
The Pursuit of Cash released their first record Obsessive, Compulsive, and Disorderly… this past summer through the help of Will Maravelas at 14:59 Studios in Minneapolis. They’re based out of Northern Minnesota and are an up and coming, classic punk rock band. The album starts out with a solo bass-line that immediately peaked my interest, before it kicks into the first track “Humans W/O Brains” quickly with up-beat drums and shredding guitars. Henri’s vocals are consistent throughout the record, an aggressive almost yell over top of the fast-paced instrumentation. Throughout the whole record, what I caught onto is that there’s almost something jokey about the lyrics, where you can tell that this is meant to be something fun and not intended to be taken super seriously. The best example of this is their track “Porn Baby” – I definitely got a bit of a laugh out of that one in just listening to the lyrics. This record really lives up to it’s name, with this disorderly sound that is true to the genre. I can totally visualize these songs being played live and the mosh pits that would break out in response.
The stand-out track for me on the record is “Brainerd”, because it has the total “I hate this town” vibe that is super relatable. (It may also be that I’m from Brainerd so I totally get what Henri’s saying about how shitty our hometown is.)
Now I wouldn’t consider myself someone who is well-versed in true punk rock bands, from what I have listened to, this album really captures that sound. It’s so refreshing to see people who are committed to keeping this genre alive rather than just playing into some of the more common musical tropes that we see in what’s popular today.
Going along with that, though, my main critique may come from not being super familiar with different punk albums. I’m not sure if this is the case with a lot of bands or records done in this style, but something about the mix of this record seems a bit off. All of the instruments sound great on their own and the talent that each of the members have is really well-recognized, but it doesn’t seem blended well together as a whole. It seems like the vocals get turned up and the band gets pushed back when they’re kicked in, rather than the two being equally blended together like I hear in other albums. It doesn’t take away from the album a lot, but it was definitely something that I noticed when I was listening and want other people to be aware of if they go into listening to it as well.
It was super cool to finally listen to what Henri and his friends have been working on, and I’m stoked to watch them grow as a band and see what the future holds for these punk-rockers! You can listen to the album here and find them on Facebook as well if you want to keep up with what they’re doing next.