Written by Tyler K. Pipher
Benchmarks, a Nashville-based rock band with a hint of punk, welcomes their forthcoming album, Our Undivided Attention, at the end of March this year. After four years of evolution by a band that has found their identity in a town with a celebrated music history, Benchmarks’ upcoming album delivers over 40 minutes of revolutionary rock music, mixed by Jay Mass, which stands strong alongside legendary rock bands like Jimmy Eat World, and Taking Back Sunday.
The first thing to notice about Our Undivided Attention is the balance between rock and punk. Tracks like “Frames,” or “Let You Down,” are uplifting with meaningful, tongue-in-cheek, lyrics that tell the listeners stories. The track “Girls and Boys” deals with the subject of dating in the twenty-first century by telling the stories of people who are desperate to be happy with someone. It’s an uplifting song on the album because of it’s over-all message. It’s also a highlight moment for Benchmarks as it showcases their newfound identity in rock.
While some tracks are uplifting, others like “Days Are Slow,” and “When We Were Kids” bring the album to a deeper and lower level of storytelling that connects us to them as fans. Both songs deal with the important things in our days that often get the best of us. These songs, and the last half of the album, let us sink our ears into what Todd Farrell’s singing. It’s also worth noting that the last half of the album has longer solos.
Our Undivided Attention immediately follows The American Night EP, released in June 2015, which hinted at the sound being forged by the band. The EP was positively reviewed by fans and critics and received radio play on local Nashville rock station 102.9 The Buzz as well as Sirius XM channel The Loft. Prior to The American Night EP, the band released its first full-length album, All Our Heroes Live In Vans, in October 2013 under the name Todd Farrell Jr. & The Dirty Birds.
Pre-order physical copies via SofaBurn Records.
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