Something Mechanical‘s new album Less than Human is a sing-a-long EP with a knack for pinpointing inner angst. Yet, they do it with a good attitude.
This attitude is embodied in the opening track “Gunn,” and it’s worry-free style contrasting to the lyrical content:
“Sometimes I feel like everybody’s got a gun.”
That is a bold statement we have all felt, though may have not known how to describe. Tenor vocals floating opposite squealing guitar rifts make this steady opener an empathetic voice to our mentalities.
The album doesn’t stay there, instead it climbs into a high tempo, vocal extender, with a rockin’ attitude. That timbered voice nails minor octave climbs and a catchy chorus in the album’s namesake track, “Less than Human.” Add on a chant battle with a punk-rock twist and you have the essence of Something Mechanical.
Once again, don’t try to predict the theme of this album because the deep singing of “Needful Things” will throw you threw the loop and cradle you in this comfort melody. This is my song, this is your song, this is the soundtrack of humanity.
The depth continues into the next track “In Shadows” with tribal-style drumming and acoustic love. They’ve pulled the magic of “Needful Things” and added a touch of anger with a mix of falsettos. This track is the embodiment of strength and resilience, with passion at it’s base.
Bring on the keyboard, Something Mechanical, and take me to that place of introspective thought. Not that I need to tell you too, as you do it with your closing track, “Pretty Misery,” expertly. Sure, add in some harmonies since you have the talent anyway.
What else can I say, but thank you for this EP. It’s just what this rocker girl needs to center in this heavy metal world.