In their own words, 1000mods describe themselves as psychedelic, trippy, hauntingly melodic and dangerously addictive. A fairly accurate description and but would it not be?
Incredibly energetic and catchy, 1000mods latest release Youth Of Dissent is a welcome distraction in these trying times. Containing a hint of early grunge, tripped out grooves and more than a few crunchy riffs, it’s an album that can easily put a smile on your face and make you want to move and forget about your worries for a while.
Even if the summer of 2020 will go down in history for all the wrong reasons, this album is a summer album for sure, begging to be played loud and outdoors, such is its infectious energy.
The tracklist is well arranged, each song different to the last but still encapsulated in the bands raw sound, trope and stylings are not overused, instead, each track is approached from a fresh angle, among the standouts are ‘Lucid’, ‘Pearl’ and ‘Blister’, all having unique qualities, working well amongst the album but also perfectly capable of being standalone tracks.
Things are taken down a notch on ‘Youth’ but the strength remains, the far-reaching vocals leading the song into a new level of intensity which is matched by a tempo increase towards the end that also ushers in a section of scorching guitar work that is its own highlight.
The album closes with the epic, progressive ‘Mirrors’ which was the ideal choice to close the album with, slow and steady to begin with but builds steadily into a powerhouse of a finisher with more superb guitar work to see us out.
No matter what you doing to pass the time, make 1000mods and Youth Of Dissent a part of it. Even if inadvertently so, it’s a much-needed album right now.
Youth Of Dissent is due for release in the UK on 1st May 2020.