From Safety to Where – Irreversible Trend

From Safety to Where
Irreversible Trend

Blasting their way out of Colombia, S.C. and taking their name straight from a Joy Division song, From Safety to Where has created one of the more interesting albums to arrive in my mailbox in the last few weeks. At times, the band can be quite subtle with hooks coming from all directions and from all instruments. On the other hand, the band is certainly not afraid to let it all hang out and rock out with reckless abandon. This makes for an interesting little combination.
The Joy Division connection is not only evident in the band’s name but also makes itself apparent in the chaotic emotion of the songs that make up Irreversible Trend, making the album truly feel like a catharsis of sorts. That emotion is at its rawest in the vocals, which range from carefully layered harmonizing to shrill screams reminiscent of a young Kurt Cobain, crying out the truly poetic and passionate lyrics. The angular guitar work follows that lead, carefully plucking out warm melodies one minute and shredding about in a wall of noise the next minute. Meanwhile, this is one of those rare occasions where the bass guitar stands out as an integral part of what is taking place. The basslines are dark and moody and stand out on their own rather than just plodding along and offering support. And the drum work is certainly worthy of mention as well, with a snare being hit so quickly that at times it sounds like a machine gun. On top of all this is the occasional spattering of keyboards and minimal effects, most evident on more laid-back moments like the instrumental “Vertical.” And it all moves rather quickly, like many of the other “post-punk” bands out there today, but a little bit quicker and sharper along the edges.
From Safety to Where has made a great deal of progress over the course of a self-titled debut, a 7″ EP, and now this. As far as the key ingredient goes, melody has replaced noise, but not completely. There is much more texture than there used to be in the band’s sound, but the raw aggression of a young and chaotic band is still there and plainly visible. Since its creation, the band has been compared to a number of thinking-man’s art-punk acts such as Sonic Youth, Mission of Burma, At The Drive-In, Blonde Redhead, Fugazi, and countless others. It is rare that a band can be likened to such bands and actually live up to it.