The Quick Fix Kills – Saint Something

The Quick Fix Kills
Saint Something

These New Jersey boys sound pissed. There is a certain sinister element to this debut full-length, much like there was to the band’s previous Novel Weapons EP, that makes the whole thing feel a bit dark and disturbing, but in a cool and intriguing sort of way. It’s the sort of album that makes you want to sleep with one eye open, but there is no single element to pin down as the source of this eeriness.
The vocals are aggressive yet accessible, obviously filled with a passionate sense of aggression, but without going over the top. Some singers with this sort of energy can scare you away by force-feeding you with their politics and beliefs, and though it isn’t difficult to tell that Mark Moody has something to say, he is much more apt to convince you that what he has to say is worth hearing. But while he is holding your attention, the guitars are slicing you into pieces. The angular patterns they create are mind-boggling, and there is very little empty space left by the time they are finished. But like the vocals, the guitars know when not to push too far, and they are just as capable of taking a step back and catching their breath for the next attack as they are of brutally pushing forward. The band also knows when to throw in just a hint of pretty melody for good measure. And then we have the rhythm section, which is where the sense of controlled chaos that weaves its way in and out of this album is born. The rhythms are playful yet pummeling, capable of completely changing paths at the drop of a dime, and they do a marvelous job of pushing the songs along and adding a highly noticeable sense of momentum to the entire album. As a whole, the band is remarkably tight for only having two releases under its belt. There is a moment or two when the whole thing sounds as though it is going to collapse into pieces, but for the most part things are held together quite securely.
The band’s aforementioned debut EP was recorded by Don Zientra at Washington, DC’s legendary Inner Ear Studios, and it ended up sounding quite comparable to some of the prominent bands that had previously been given the same treatment, such as Fugazi and Q and Not U. The same could be said of this album, but the band seems to have matured a bit and has begun the process of growing into its own unique identity. Yes, the influences are still plainly there for all to see, but the band seems to be implementing a bit more originality with every release.
So, if it’s an edgy and haunting listening experience you crave, here is a band worth checking out. Even if it sounds slightly abrasive at first, set it aside for a bit and try again later. It will more than likely be worth the wait.