Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Worker - Neurology

This record was recommended by Eric Scobie of Great Reversals. These six songs are based on one of the person's life-long struggle with Tourette's Syndrome and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. This makes for an extremely honest snapshot lyrically and I found myself, as a person living with an anxiety disorder, relating fully to a song like "Back to the Clinic". There's very little abstraction in the lyrics and the experience is communicated very clearly. This dynamic makes the record really stand out for me.

Musically, Worker takes a very traditional hardcore sound, though it seeps with melodic undertones and would be very much at home with bands like the aforementioned Great Reversals as well as Have Heart and Comeback Kid. "Back to the Clinic" opens the record with more a New York hardcore sound. Featuring guitars that stop and start in rigid timing, they do a great job of emphasizing some of the more desperate lyrics. The song "Sturdy Pulse" shows a great representation of their melodic hardcore sound. Throughout the record the drums create a nice dynamic, never too busy, but always on point. The guitars stick to a cohesive model, but at times, like in the track "Obsessive Compulsive Disorder", they can show a little noodling that adds an interesting melody. Closing the record with the song "Clearest Light" the band begins taking us in with a clean guitar riff that almost translates a feeling that is forcing us to look back on what we just heard, to stop for a second and take it all in.

An interesting listen for lovers of hardcore and anyone dealing with mental illness in any capacity. Check it out here.