Reversing Falls (not Falling in Reverse) are ready to tell the world that Canada’s music scene has more to offer than Nickelback and Justin Bieber. No laughable lyrics or suspiciously feminine voices are to be found in their [imaginitvely titled] debut album Reversing Falls. It would be a lie to say that the album title is where the lack of imagination ends, as each song’s (except one) intro sounds like all the others. Somehow, they manage to get away with this not having a majorly detrimental effect on the overall quality of the offering. At least you know that if the first few songs aren’t really your kind of thing, you can move on and listen to something else.
Having mentioned how all but one of the tracks are ridiculously similar, even if the first track hasn’t quite convinced you to stay the course, it’s probably best to hang around for track 2, as Tyler Crawford’s vocals for ‘Is This Thing On?’ may be a deal breaker for some people. For instance, when repeating the line “can you hear me now?” it sounds as if he keeps giving up by the last couple of words and only says it again to try to get it right. Admittedly, the vocals don’t particularly improve as the album progresses. Maybe he was too busy focusing on the guitar that he also plays throughout the album. It would perhaps have been a better idea to start the album with ‘Curse This Place’, as it is an all round better track to listen to and would work better as an opener.
‘Long Time Coming’ has been allocated the perfect location within the track listing, possibly something that could re-spark the interest of a listener quickly becoming disenchanted. Its main advantage is that there seems to be an actual narrative, rather than just random sentences strung together. It certainly is better than ‘Shitty Birthday’ or ‘Calling You Out’, two tracks which almost completely pass you by. They’re not terrible, they just don’t generate a desire to pay attention to them, no matter how hard they try. ‘Moneycake’ doesn’t suffer with the same problem, it stands out purely because of its heavy use of symbols. By the time the 3 minutes are over you feel the drummer needs a round of applause for maintaining the rhythm for so long. There may have been repetitive strain injuries involved for former Unicorns member Jamie Thompson.
‘Everyone Everyone Everyone’ can sound a bit whiny but with lyrics like “Everyone loves you but I’m still debating/With my head in my hands”, they could easily get away with saying that’s intentional. The saving grace for this one is the guitar work provided by Crawford and Charlie Neufeld, nicely placed in the middle to break it up and make everything seem that bit less depressing.
A strong closer is to be found in the form of ‘It Happens All the Time’, breaking away from the established formula, starting slower with no heavy handed guitar playing. It allows you to end the musical journey steadily, instead of just feeling like you’ve come to a complete stop.
Reversing Falls should find its way onto most indie fans’ music library and sit there quite comfortably. Nothing completely original is to be found here but neither is there a complete copy of another band. It feels very bass-lite, though. Maybe Jesse Ash needs to turn up his amp and make his prescence known because, as it is, if you were told there was no bassist in the band, you would not have much evidence to the contrary.