by Tiana Feng
Montreal’s Solids let loose their debut record, Blame Confusion in February and it’s definitely not what you would play if you were trying to have a calm and relaxing morning.
Everything is fast-paced and the album clocks in at under 40 minutes. That’s not to say the songs are by any means short- a few are around 5 minutes. For those unfamiliar, Solids is the duo of Xavier Germain Poitras on guitar and vocals and Louis Guillemette on drum and vocals. This Solids album is like a road trip where you’re heading for your destination at break-neck speed and have no time to stop to admire the scenery or eat at one of those drool worthy restaurants. It’s all-fast all-loud, full of distortion and fuzz. Part of me yearns for more variation in speed, maybe to have a bit of build-up tension moments. This is definitely an album written for the live stage where fans want it loud and fast and energy is plenty. Punchy melodies create memorable moments in “Haze Away”and “Through the Walls”. My personal favourite headbanger is the manic “Cold Hands”.
While Blame Confusion does not try to reinvent anything, it is recommended you strap on your seatbelt because the Solids ride will never stop.