Albert React – Confluence & Scrapes

Albert React
Confluence & Scrapes

Here is a hint dudes, if you want anyone to actually pay attention to your band you need a better name than Albert React because it is just awful. Second of all, I can’t even count the number of times I have seen similar cover art to Confluence & Scrapes on other emo records. Now, on the other hand, your listeners are probably going to be the same kind of kids that think Thursday and Grade are good bands, so they probably won’t care. I would go so far as to say that some of them may have never even seen this cover art somewhere else, for example on an Eiffel or Keepsake record.

Albert React is another melodic hardcore or emo band that sounds just like a million other bands. I believe I already mentioned Thursday and Grade but As Friends Rust, Keepsake, and Eiffel are other fine examples. These folks have plenty of parts that sound like Sunny Day Real Estate-wannabe riffs mixed with a few screams here and there for good measure of course. At times the singer’s voice even sounds like Davy Havok from AFI. If I were still in high school, I might even be fooled into thinking that this was meaningful in some way. They give it their best shot, and I have definitely heard a lot worse than Confluence & Scrapes, but at the same time I’ve also heard a lot better too. I think I stopped listening to this kind of stuff around the time I turned 19. This is music for self-indulgent white kids from upper middle class families with absolutely nothing to say and nothing new to contribute to the genre except for more songs about girls veiled by some thin attempt at being vague in their lyrics. Yuck.

On the bright side, the way things are going within the industry I’m sure these guys will be signed to a major label in no time. They can go on tour with New Found Glory and Coheed & Cambria, and young kids with no clue will buy their record by the hundreds. Good luck in your future endeavors, Albert React. Why indie labels are still interested in putting this stuff out is beyond me, as Drive Thru Records is doing a fine job with major-label subsidizing. The world is a tough place for second-rate bands, but I’m sure that you’ll be the next Thrice. Anyone over the age of 20 should be ashamed to buy this.