Crossroads of America Records has a knack for showcasing a roster that is more than capable of representing the region they hail from (evidence to prove the validity of their name), but few bands better represent this moniker than Husband&Wife. A sonic snapshot for the rolling fields of the bucolic Midwest, Husband&Wife goes beyond the call of duty in presenting a soundtrack to the easy going, yet ironically stressed atmosphere of the Midwest through their unique blend of indie rock. In a scene generally populated by acts who have tasted the waters of angular math rock and forward moving pop music, Husband&Wife can be characterized as the band that the Braid generation forgot.
All of that however, is about to change. Fans of Husband&Wife who are used to the subtle and down-tempo color of the band’s earlier work will be pleasantly surprised by their more aggressive approach to the comfortable sound they have so endeared. Proud Flesh, the band’s junior release, exhibits a down to earth change in direction that will redefine how people receive the band.
With many more highs and lows and a lot more noise, Husband&Wife have taken a leap of faith with this loud release. Proud Flesh starts out with “Begone Long One,” a strong headed track that sets the stage for the album. Characterized by an upbeat guitar riff and a confident snare drum, the track beats out a war path for the rest of the album. After the first second, the album blazes ahead with loud guitars, large drums and running bass lines that consistently stick to Husband&Wife’s lazily sweeping tempo. Familiarity, although subtle, is found all throughout the album. Hiding behind the newly electric sound and the increased volume is the same old hometown emo band we have come to love.
The vocal work of Husband&Wife has never been disappointing, and with Proud Flesh they continue to do what they know best. Lyrically the band will always be very comfortable; the personable lyrics easily conjure up emotions in the listeners. The accessibility to Husband&Wife’s music is one of the most interesting aspects of the band. Their ability to touch the audience has never been absent in any of their releases, and is only sharpened through Proud Flesh. The way these vocal parts are delivered says even more to the quality of music that this band is presenting. Active and engaging vocal lines are found throughout just about every track, accenting the loud and driving instrumentals and holding the songs to the standard that the band has always leaned upon.
Husband&Wife’s third release, Proud Flesh, is an impressive addition to an already notable discography from the Indiana based indie band. It’s loud, it’s fun and it’s as sincere as ever, offering a pallet of musical shoots from a variety of directions. Proud Flesh is a worthy purchase for fans of the band and seekers of wholesome indie rock; Husband&Wife have proven to be a hardworking group with music they can be proud of.
Proud Flesh will be in-stores October 26th from Crossroads of America Records.