It seems as though Victory Records could really use some consultation in the area of signing bands as of late. I’d recommend No Sleep Records preach on the issue. In the past few years, No Sleep has given a start to some amazing bands in the music industry, which recently include Touche Amore, La Dispute, and The Wonder Years- and now, the 7-piece band out of New York, Aficionado. With their first full album, the band has managed to put something out that could set them apart from all else in the No Sleep family. This could even be the album that helps them pass some of the No Sleep Alumni.
There is an array of bands to which they have some similarities, covering everything from The Hold Steady and At The Drive-In to Taking Back Sunday (specifically the Tell All Your Friends-era). All of these bands have received acclaim because of the uniqueness of their sound in rock music, and although they are similar to these bands, Aficionado adds a unique twist to the rock scene with their sound. On their first album, the band has put out an album that is fast paced, yet beautifully melodic.
Of all of Aficionado’s unique elements, the largest would probably be that they actually have a flute player. Previously, it seemed as though it would be impossible to ever combine such an annoying instrument with rock music, but the band does so well each time they do. Tracks like “Falsified Inspiration” and “Everything Was Right” show exactly how ingenious the odd combo truly is.
Laura Carrozza, the flute player for the band, also sings. The combination created between her voice and frontman Nick Warchol’s is absolutely incredible, and like no other vocal duo currently out there. Although this is a driving factor throughout the album, the combination shines through exceptionally on the tracks “Confidence is Intimidating” and ‘ “The Things You Like,” a song which is all about the band’s dislike of the lack of originality, and possibly even talent in pop culture.
The album also features horns, occasionally. What was once given simply to the genre of ska is an excellent addition to tracks such as “Grandfather.”
It is almost impossible to point out the best tracks on this album, because this album is meant to be played as a whole. On their first full length and self-titled release, Aficionado has managed to put out an album that is so excellently crafted that it is impossible to point out hits/best tracks. The album plays like one big thirty-five minute hit.
In a music industry that sometimes lacks originality, it is easy to become bored with what is out there. Aficionado is bringing excitement back because of their unique sound that is easy to fall in love with. This album might have been released on an indie label, but because of the band’s originality, this album has the potential to bring the band success. People who are dying to hear something that isn’t a hideous cliché will love this album.