Posts Tagged ‘Johnny Craig’
Super groups are hit and miss. For every The Sound Of Animals Fighting, there are a hundred misstepps like the 80’s Nuggent heavy juggernaut Damn Yankees. Isles and Glaciers, builds their sound around a three headed vocal attack headed up by ex-Chiodos and Cinematic Sunrise front man Craig Owens, ex-Dance Gavin Dance and current Emerosa singer Johnny Craig and Vic Fuentes from Pierce The Viel. The three singers voices, while swimming in a similar pool, all manage to standout and blend together at the same time, to create a unique sound that you aren’t going to find anywhere else.
Backed by guitarist/keyboardist Brian Southall from The Receiving End Of Sirens, drummer Mike Fuentes from Pierce The Veil, guitarist Nick Martin of Underminded and Cinematic Sunrise and Chiodos bassist Matt Goddard, Isles and Glaciers are consummate pros from tip to toe and it shines through on the discs seven tracks, two of which come in at under two minutes.
The albums cohesive feel is stunning considering that much of it was written individually and then pieced together digitally, only to be later recorded in a quick one week long session. A strong performance by Johnny Craig, shouldn’t surprise anyone who checked out his incredible 2009 solo disc A Dream is a Question You Don’t Know How to Answer, balances well with Fuentes and Owens sweeter sounds on tracks like Viola Lion, and contrasts greatly from the eclectic style he showed on the solo album.
The track Hills Like White Elephants delivers the power that you’d expect from this line up, as the triple vocal assault continues and the music keeps pace perfectly and drives the track forward. Despite the incredible musicianship, it’s hard to move past the performance on this track of the vocalists as Owens and Craig trade of vocals and Fuentes shines and some of the songs nicer moments.
The Hearts of Lonely People stands out in a scene that has been crying out for innovation. The only knock on this album is that it’s almost twenty-seven minute running time, is not enough to fully quench your thirst for solid post-hardcore of the super group variety. Let’s just hope the members of Isles and Glaciers can find time in their collective schedules to pen another disc of this calibre.