After waiting, what seems like ages, I’ve finally been able to get my hands on IWRESTLEDABEARONCE‘s debut album, Its All Happening. Oh so true, because everything is happening all this album. And all of it is awesome.
The album art for Its All Happening is spectacular. Now, its not ‘amazing’, but it fits the music they are playing perfectly. Whats going on in their music? “Umm…well pretty much everything smashed together randomly?” Whats going on, on their album art? “Umm…well pretty much lots of things smashed together randomly?”. Yup. Awesome.
“You Ain’t No Family” starts the album off perfectly, tossing the listener into a whirlwind of noise, of which your only safety net is the vocalist, Krysta. Her soft vocals bring you back to reality throughout the album, flawlessly switching between clean and brutal. The guitar work is outstanding as well as the drums. All of which play at breakneck speed and pin-point accuracy. These guys really know what they are doing. They have a great grasp on not only the grindcore genre, but many many others as well. You will see elements of Jazz, Trip-Hop, Polka, Classical, Deathcore and much more throughout the album. Weather it is a full interjection, or just a sprinkle, they really do a great job of combining a lot of different things into their songs.
One thing this band does flawlessly is theiruse of multiple sounds in one song. “Danger in the Manger” has a soft, jazz interjection. “White Water” has a trip-hop scene as well as some fun techno at the end. “The Cats Pajamas” shows us a more controlled organized side of the band, where as “See You In Shell” is out of control, breakneck awesome. They are flawless in their switches and use of noise, making this album about as far away from “Generic” or “Boring” as possible.
I do think there is something to be said about the two ‘softer’ or ‘controlled’ tracks on the album “White Water in The Morning” and “Black-Eyed Bush”. For a band that is love (and hated) for being out of control, these songs give them a chance to slow down and show us how skilled the band is as a whole. Allowing Krysta to really sing and giving us a much more personal experience, as well as giving us the opportunity to see that the band is actually able to create songs like this.
As a whole, Its All Happening is a gindcore filled blender, with sprinkles of other genres, set on high (and without the cap on). The entire album is out of control, yet organized. Violent and brutal, yet calm and soothing. Crazy yet sophisticated. I’m not sure if IWABO is confused on what kind of music they want to make, or know exactly what they are doing…but whatever its, they need to keep doing it, because I can’t get enough!
Yes, I’m going to do it. It’s all happening in It’s All Happening.