Poois is a metal/ rock/ grunge/ progressive band that has been thrashing and shocking folks with their testing song lyrics since the early 90s. From Nyack, New York, the band has made quite a name for themselves. Here I review their latest recording, a collection of ten tracks entitled Soul Spook Collector.
This album can be characterized by what seems to be a trademark for the boys in Poois; loud guitars, steady drums, unique vocals, and humorous lyrics. The first track, “Fuckin’ Job”, is lyrically funny and has got some really intense guitars. Though this song definitely wouldn’t win an award for best talent, it could be in the running for most unique or most relatable. If you’ve had a bad day at work, this song will surely put a smile on your face. The song is fun, and you can dance to the guitar riffs. All in all, this catchy song is a great first track and it really sets the mood for the rest of the album.
Another track on this album that really shot out to me was the third one, “Crack the Whip”. With it’s at times controversial lyrics, progressive guitars, and thriving metal vibe, this song could easily get stuck in anyone’s head. Though, if I am one hundered percent honest, this song saved the album for me, as at first, this band did not impress me and I felt uninterested. Upon giving the CD a second listen, this song was immediately stuck in my head.
“Pistols ‘n’ Pitchforks”, track five, is another favorite of mine off this album. It’s got catchy word combinations and an easy rhythm to move to. If you have gotten this far into the album, you know by now that this band knows how to grab an audience’s attention and keep it. Though this band is not anything out of the ordinary, “Pistols ‘n’ Pitchforks” is one of their better songs on the album and is at the very least headbang-worthy.
The final song that jumped out at me was “Deep Darkest Night”, which is the eighth track on the album. This song really speaks volumes about the CD’s title, Soul Spook Collector. With its creepy, dark, orchestra vibe, and the long riffs of the artsy guitars, it definitely gives off a spooky feel. The lyrics are testy and are sure to keep your attention. In my opinion, this is the creepiest song on the album. If you’re a fan of the genre, this is sure to be a favourite.
All in all, this album was not a favorite of mine. However, I still have to give it up to the boys in Poois, because even though they did not completely captivate my mind, I know that those who are bigger fans of this musical genre will enjoy this album. When it comes to shredding and throwing around words with some shock value, these boys know what they are doing!
Written by Jessica Valiquette