Static – Disguise

4/10

If East London natives Static were going for unsettling on their latest EP Disguise, they definitely succeeded. If they were going for almost anything else, then let’s just call this a miss.

It starts off promisingly. The triplet heavy opening riff on the opener, which also happens to be the title track, is rousing enough. Then the vocals come in for the verse and everything goes off the rails. It’s clear that the style here was influenced by the grimiest of grunge. And to be fair, if you can stomach Rob Zombies voice on the earliest of White Zombie recordings, then you may be able to wade through the rough waters of Disguise. But boy, are they rough. It’s not even like he’s trying to scream or anything. There are melodies being attempted here. And sometimes, sometimes, when they are accompanied by gang vocals or drowned underneath the other loudest thing on this record – which is obviously power chords – they’re even bearable. But like, there’s a power ballad here. It’s called “In The End” and it’s… it’s the sound of something this band was not ready to attempt, as noble and commendable as the effort was.

The production on this thing is also everywhere in a very similar fashion. Like, the music is pretty straight-forward alt-rock, so the sheer number of effects, filters, and other parlour tricks that were used just seems like overkill. And the weirdest part is, because none of these elements were applied cleanly, it ends up sounding messier than if they had left it barren.

Listen, I’m all for sleazy music. Give me that Bleach. I love it when that Black Light Burns. A joke about Refused. But this is sloppy. I can see how this might go over well live, extremely late at night, after the pints have been on special. But as something to actually listen to voluntarily during the day and not inebriated? That’s asking a lot.

Written by Syd Ghan
*edited by Danielle Kenedy

About Syd Ghan 210 Articles
Syd Ghan is a Montreal media man, born and bred. After spending his formative years playing music on stages big and small across the city, he transitioned seamlessly into a career as a full-time writer, editor, and content manager. He has reviewed numerous bands both in concert and on record, written for a number of different blogs and online publications, been both a host and featured guest on various local podcasts and radio shows, and has even logged time judging live music competitions. In his spare time, he enjoys engaging in spirited debates over the finer points of pop-rock radio and he’s never met a chicken wing he didn’t like.

1 Comment

  1. I think you were nice in the review and weren’t inherently mean. There are a lot of production issue with this ep, even if we just discussed the drums, you might get a full review. Like the constant feedback you hear whenever the drummer smashes his crash cymbals . How did no one hear that and thought maybe we should do something about that before releasing this.

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