At its best, End Call by British artist Bloody Death sounds like songs J. Masics left on the cutting room floor of a Dinosaur Jr jam session. At its worst, it sounds like song idea voicemails Masics left himself while drunk.
Songs like “Quit It Quick,” “Chill Out + Have Some Weed Dad” and “Not There” clock in at under a minute, and simply sound like a sample of a song that has yet to be finished. It’s an odd phenomenon, since you’re never quite sure if you’re still listening to the last song.
This album doesn’t provoke any emotions in me, and the music and vocals sound lackadaisical. There’s nothing here driving or compelling. It sometimes sounds like the lamentations of a half-asleep stoner set over a demo played at half speed. Even standout track “The Past Is Boring” ironically manages to make the present boring. It shows the most signs of promise with a more fleshed-out and moving sound, but still falls short.
I’m a big fan of the nineties, and I do applaud someone who’s trying to bring that back. Don’t get me wrong, there is potential here, it’s just unrealized. This album slots in perfectly in the shoegaze wave that marked the mid-nineties. It emulates a lot of the sounds and themes quite well, it just doesn’t do much to make them its own.
This release seems to fall under a trend that has been sweeping the indie scene, the trend of just putting music online that’s not nearly polished or evolved enough for mass consumption. The internet has given everyone a medium to put out music quickly, which a lot of bands use to rush it out there. Take some time and let it ferment. Spend some time with your music, let it evolve. I’m reminded of Wolfmother, who jammed for four years before officially becoming a band and playing their first show. Maybe that’s an extreme example, but if you’re serious about being a musician, don’t put out material that’s not ready.
This album is an amalgam of three previous EPs. Why not use this opportunity to re-record them? Show some growth. I’m sure recording three EPs teaches a musician a lot about the process, even if it’s in the garage. This seems like the perfect opportunity to fix some of the things you might’ve done differently with more experience.
Written by Richard Brunette
*edited by Kate Erickson