Oh, yes, the sound of frustration. Don’t go too far, though. This is not furiously livid. Nor is it a Carrie-like bloody rampage. This is semi-angry, or somewhat exasperated. Our Darkest Days has rebooted fast-paced generational punk that says, “I’m so over this.” It’s the sound of walking off in the midst of a heated debate, but not dwelling on the problem since shooting pool with your friends seems a lot more appealing anyway.
The album, A Common Agony, is unique to the usual style of this sub-genre of punk. This feat was achieved by their elaborately layered harmonies. These men can stack their voices into a brick wall of melodic force. Of course, circling that wall will inevitably be the dance-mosh bodies biologically connected to punk performances. Don’t expect punches to be thrown, no matter how untamed it might seem. It’s a culture of unity easily felt throughout each track. You’re my friend and we’ll be angry at life’s issues together, but we also just want to play. Our Darkest Days is the understanding of emotional trials, but forever retaining that lost boy spunk.
Rapid strumming, quick tempo singing, high endurance drumming, and harmonic vexation comprise the energetic album A Common Agony. It’s not just music, it’s a lifestyle.