BAND: The Caulfield Cult (Singapore)
RELEASE: Cult (2016)
REVIEWER: Unite Asia
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Final Rating: 100/10
When a band pours their all into the music and lyrics they create, there is no real way to review the record. Who are we to judge someone, or a band, who has put every ounce of their soul into the art they’ve created, and then to be brave enough, on top of all that, to put it out into this cold cold world where every fool online is a philosopher, political pundit or general commentator who’ll gladly go ahead and start shitting all over it? Sometimes, people won’t even actually shit on a record because of the music, they’ll shit over a record because of the baggage individuals in bands may bring to the table. So no – we’re not going to pick apart this record. When a band writes a record like this and puts it out there, all we should do is give it the respect it’s due.
i spent the better half of my life trying to find the happiness i felt when i was nine. i’m still not there yet.
The record is heartfelt, not in the mid-west emo kinda way, but along the lines of “dear you” era Jawbreaker…lyrically, Nick lays his soul bare all above short bursts of music – literally, songs are all around the 2 minute mark. Recording and production-wise the songs stick to that minimalist approach that comes across the general “feel” of this band and their songs. There aren’t crazy pedals and/or effects littered all over the music – actually, none at all. It just sounds like a bunch of guys walking onto a stage, plugging into a couple amps and playing. No frills. No bullshit.
i’ve returned back down to earth after trying to catch those stars for years.
the clouds are hollow, my hands still empty, the sky never wanted me.
This record will be on repeat throughout the year…after long tiring days at work, after long tiring shows/tours and you’re on your way home to a lover one more time, maybe one final time.
now it’s time to go as we draw the curtains close.
pats on all our backs for a mediocre show.
i’m tired of being broke, still i’m always on the road.
burned out at twenty-two,
oh i feel so fucking old,
cynical and cold.
This needs to be thoroughly enjoyed…not in a one track here, skip to another band, and then come back…it needs to be played in its entirety from start to finish. The journey is part of the joy…