CD Review – Louder Than Love – Dark Days
Released in November 2010
by Jade Sperry
Louder Than Love are a Vancouver based band that likes rocking out in a big way. Melodic with good time changes and strong songwriting skills, this band is going places. The members of the band are Paul Lambert (lead vocals and guitar), Tony Lambert (bass), Dan Okano (keys), Nate Parsons (rhythm guitar) and Tyler Thompson (drums). Their newest CD, Dark Days, is definitely a progression of their music and songwriting as well as playing together as one solid unit.
The song that stood out for this writer on the first listen was the third song “Bringing You In”. What I really like about this song is that it has a real Soundgarden feel musically to it but the band takes that sound and makes it their own. That is progression. Musically the song just flows from the first note to the last note. Lyrically it speaks of a woman permeating the essence of a man. Great song! Another song that stood out was “Michelle”. I really like the groove of this song. It kind of bites you but not in a bad way. I like that there are many musical influences in this song – Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots and Soundgarden – which the band takes and they make it their own unique sound. The bass and drums are locked into each other which moves the song along. Lyrically it sounds like it speaks of not letting the world bring you down in any way.
This CD has some really melodic, trippy songs but also has a blues/rock feel to it in many ways such as the songs “Just Like You”, “That Ghost”, “Never Going Back” and “Searchlight Soul”. One other mention – the song “Chemical Love” is a standout too.