Signal To Noise
Ferret Music, 2002
While this debut from Austin, Texas five-piece The Rise is unlikely to figure on too many most-played lists, for a while in the early Noughties it was a fixture on my then portable player of choice: whatever Discman knock-off I could pick up from Argos for under thirty quid. I’d seen them play The Garage – while it still had the asbestos – with tech-metallers Snapcase and literate hardcore types Time in Malta, and they’d utterly stolen the show with their mix of techno-touched screamo and drum’n’bass breakdowns. Their influences were easy enough to detect: the shape of the punks who were Refused loomed large enough, and chances are that a member or two had the odd Digital Hardcore album in their collection. But while one can hear Signal To Noise as a forerunner to the evil that is Enter Shikari, and break it down to a fairly standard set of constituents (lyrically and instrumentally), something about this record’s assembly really sang to me. And it still does. In the wonderful sci-fi swing of The Concept of Transience; in the streamlined design and sublime bass frequencies of mid-album instrumental Station Identification for the Print Less (essentially a hardcore band doing Origin Unknown); in the glitched roars of An Automated Response if You Will; in the wonky piano lines of penultimate number Goals Methodology Assessment: throughout, tiny elements bind everything into most rewarding whole. Cory Kilduff – now recording as electro artist Ocelot – wasn’t the best vocalist, granted; but when he wasn’t hollering himself hoarse all around him there was a certain something in the air, something that didn’t materialise on 2005’s second LP, Reclamation Process. The band split the same year their sophomore album saw daylight. A shame, but perhaps they knew that they were never likely to better this sizzling set.
For Fans Of: Since By Man, Refused, 65daysofstatic
Download: Goals Methodology Assessment, The Fallacy of Retrospective Determinism, Station Identification for the Print Less
The Rise – The Fallacy of Retrospective Determinism
The Rise – Station Identification for the Print Less