Pity Sex’s long-awaited debut full-length album, “Feast Of Love,” has arrived just in time for summer. Following the impressive work on the Dark World EP that some consider as the revival of emo, this midwestern indie band has been on theradar for the past year.
“Feast Of Love” is like the anticipated conversation that follows after an inexplicable mental breakdown. This album calls for no moshing— instead, turn off the lights, sway to the rhythm and lose yourself inthe sound.
“Wind Up” kicks off the album with a multitude of momentum, engulfed in the familiar grit and grimy sounds of garage rock. “Don’t come too close/ Don’t try and know me ‘cause there’s nothing to know/ Wind me up and let me go,” sings Brennan Greaves. We all get messed up in the head sometimes, and this song makes you feel like you’re actually spinning.
“Keep” follows suit, a little morereserved in demeanor, but drenched in elusive harmonies. “I’ve been alone a while/ Still want you back by my side/ I’ll understand if you would rather leave me behind,” Britty Drake sings effortlessly.
“Hollow Body” struck me the most, a short and sweet serenade accompanied by a simple repeating guitar chord. Thetrack presents the notion of being so attached to someone that it feels like they are a part of you, living inside your body. Sandwiched in-between all of the other rock steady tunes, it also marks the halfway point of the album.
The male vocalists take charge on “Sedated,” another song covered in angst. “Honey Pot” is more of a pick-me-up with an upbeat tempo and far more energy. The album closes with “Fold,” another Drake led track. The level of intensity on the guitars and drums rises and falls, like waves crashing on the eardrums.
Overall, there is a sense of subtlety— the dismal lyrics are spoken softly behind dominant guitar shredding and pervasive drumming. Every song hits you with emotion, setting the mood in the darkest and brightest of atmospheres. Pity Sex attempts to balance the light with the heavy, and they do it well. And where there is angst, there is also an underlying sensation of passion that should not go unnoticed.
While the album meets most expectations, it doesn’t necessarily exceed all of them.The beauty of producing EPs is the short structure. Upgrading to a full lengthis an accomplishment for any band, but the amount of songs on this album is abit excessive. Upon the first listen, it’s almost too easy to space out and getlost in the transition between tracks because they don’t exactly have their own distinct sound anymore.
With that being said, most of the transitions between the ten songs are so smoothand speedy that the listener won’t even realize that the next track is playing. With or without the aid of headphones, this album simply cannot be appreciated if the listener is not listening intently and giving every track their undivided attention.
“Feast Of Love” is another Pity Sex quickie; the only difference is that it lasts for 28 minutes. Nonetheless, it still satisfies.