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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Symphony Of Distraction - Horse (Review)

Californian skate punkers Symphony of Distraction are back with their latest release "Horse", this being their first release since 2014, they had a really good 2014 releasing a full length album titled "Call it Off, John" and putting out a cover of Bracket's "2RAK005" for the compilation album for the Fat Wreck Chords documentary "A Fat Wreck".

Once And Future
Right off the bat we have a true skate punk track, at certain points in the song I am reminded of Bodyjar circa 2001. I love when albums start off on the right foot with a energetic track that gets you stoked for what the rest of the album has to offer. 

I Wish I Wasn't
Hands down my favorite track on this album, this song reminds me of playing Tony Hawk games for hours. Anything description other than "great" would be an understatement when talking about this song. Any skate punk fan would love this track, it is everything skate punk should be.

Lyrically, this is one of my favorite tracks, so many quotable lyrics. One of my favorite lines is "trap us like quicksand..". I love the amount of melody that they put into this track, I don't have a single complaint about this album so far, and I don't think I will, I can tell a lot of hard work went into this record and it truly shows.

Rain Check
This song is so relatable, it is about someone who no matter how hard you try just won't give you the time of day which has happened to me multiple times as I'm sure it has happened to many others. Lyrics like "how about a rain check? or how about a no?". It is too relatable, hits close to home, but it is the sad truth that some people just don't want to be friends.

United Failure
Unlike the last track, I can't relate too much considering I haven't hit that part of my life yet. But the message is loud and clear, it is about settling with what you have in your life and being comfortable with whatever that is, or at least that is what I thought of the song.

Don't Try
Opening with a slow, calm prelude this song is about how everything is a "joke" and a "lie" and that no matter what you do you'll stay broke and than eventually you'll die, which for most of us that is how things will end up.

Another track with a darker message this song has lyrics like "I don't care if the sun don't shine". I don't mind songs with dark or negative messages, because for one we all know how it feels to be negative and second, a good way to release your negative vibes is to let them out in a constructive way such as music.

Legacy W Quote
Back to good ol' skate punk, this song is another great example of pure skate punk, and to me there is no other better sound, skate punk is the best in my opinion and nothing beats a solid skate punk track such as this one. Great stuff on this record!

Uncomfortable Shoes
I can't be 100% but I believe the "shoes" are a metaphor for things you are uncomfortable doing in life, but you do them anyway because you have to. As I said I can't be 100% with the tracks meaning because it isn't too obvious but I just assumed, it seems like the shoes are a metaphor.

Throw It All Away
The drum work on this track is awesome, extremely fast, every member of the band is really on par with this track, as well as the rest of the album, another track where the lyrics are my favorite part, especially the line "I could see you, but my eyes are too wide" brilliant writing!

You're Not Crazy
Melodic vocals throughout, great instrumental work, and a simple message "you're not crazy, you're just sad". Amazing track. In the lyrics I can make out that some people will say horrible things just to put you down, but when you think about it they're not mean, they're simply unhappy with themselves.

Piece Of Shit
Looking back on things you used to say and do can be hard especailly when you did things that you thought were cool back then, but now when you look back on it you just face palm, this track explains that perfectly.

Too Old For Drugs
This song starts off on the slower side, giving us one of our last songs for this record. I believe this song is about when doing drugs is no longer fun and you realize all that has happened because of said drugs. Everyone grows up at some point, certain things don't have the same appeal that they used to.

This is the second to last track on the record, it is also the shortest, it is a short song about not to deal with what everyday life has to offer you. Other than there isn't much to say about this track. It clocks in at under 30 seconds!

Going Home
Here we are, the last track on the record and honestly while writing this I did not want this album to end, it was really solid from start to finish. Major summer vibes in this song due in part to the line "the sun's getting brighter, the day's getting longer". I love it.
Conclusion: This is a solid record, it was a pleasure to review this album. From start to finsh it was great. It was well worth the 4 year wait. Symphony of Distraction did an outstanding job. Great work guys!

Final Score: ★★★★★

Review written by: Skatepunkdefender
You can download the review in its original format here: Mediafire