Album Review: Obsessive, Compulsive, and Disorderly… – The Pursuit of Cash

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.

Track Review: Waste of Time – Early Eyes

If you’re from the Minneapolis area and haven’t checked out Early Eyes, you are seriously missing out. (Hell, if you’re from anywhere and haven’t these guys out, you need to get on it!) University of Minnesota freshmen Jake Berglove (vocals), Henry Patterson (guitar), Wyatt Fuller (drumkit), and Des Lawerence (bass), have been growing popularity exponentially, in part due to their unique sound and incredible live presence. My Wednesday track review is going to be focused on their newest release “Waste of Time”.

“Waste of Time” was released at midnight on March 24th as a taste of what is to be expected from their debut EP Minutes, set to come out sometime in early May. Even though this is one of their more laid back tracks, in my opinion, it’s still a funky little tune that represents their “jangle pop” type of alternative style. A lot of their songs, and this one in particular, is lead by Des, with a strong bass line. Where the song may lack in lyrical content, it is brought back up and driven melodically. The song is pretty consistent throughout but the build is developed through Jake’s vocals becoming more present, almost gravelly and aggressive towards the end. If I can be critical about anything in this single, the other instrumentation has something left to be desired; there isn’t a whole lot going on in the guitar and drum-kit. This track is such an easy listen though and it’s the type of song that will get stuck in your head after just one listen. I saw the band play at Triple Rock in Minneapolis last Thursday and spent the rest of the night singing “It’s just a waste of time…” over and over again while I waited for the song to drop on Spotify that night.

I’m so excited to hear the rest of Minutes and watch how this band continues to grow in the upcoming months. You can hear “Waste of Time” and other songs by Early Eyes on their Bandcamp and like their Facebook page to get updates on their upcoming shows and new releases. If you’re in the area and have the opportunity to see these guys live, you need to cash in on that and see the band where they shine the brightest.