Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Cabs - 2011 First Incident

Band : The Cabs
Album : First Incident
Release Year : 2011
Genre : Indie | Mathrock | Emo

Tracklist :
1. For Charles Bronson    
2. Soldier of February    
3. There Is No Tomorrow For Us    
4. haiku about kdyla    
5. nicol kills nicolas for nicola

Consisting of Yoshikatsu Shuto on bass & vocals, Kunimitsu Takahashi on guitar & vocals, and Itta Nakamura on drums, the cabs is the reflection of the epoch of disillusioned modern youths in Tokyo. With the bass firmly holding up the foundation, the guitar casts a wavy curtain of meticulously arpeggiated melodies, while the drum plows like a bomber plane through its employment of unconventional barrage of odd time beats, and the ensemble is topped off with dual vocals, one ever so fragile that it may even disappear into thin air, while its counterpart is ready to explode into a thrilling fit.

Their songs are not about empathy, but the lack thereof, in the bitterly and wretchedly heartbroken city of Tokyo.
“I want to live for somebody, but there is no tomorrow for us”
The underlying theme may be nothing more than despair, a feeling which we all have experienced in our past.

The first standout element of the cabs are that while the band might utilize screaming in their songs and frenetic playing across all instruments, the band doesn’t rely on distortion on their guitars. The music arrives clean and understandable, something that sticks out on each song.

The first song might include the most screaming vocals, but the instrumentals are a great dichotomy between the two. The cabs are also able to construct songs that have melodic vocals which stand along side the more aggressive vocals.

The five song EP from the band show a bright future because their music is complicated while sounding simple showing the potential of the band for the future who might even rivals long standing acts of Japanese rock.

When listening to First Incident, you can expect the a mixture of rock, punk, and instrumental rock combined in each song. A difficult combination, but a result that the cabs succeed in.

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