By The Silent Years
Following hot on the heels of their 'Climb On My Back' single, The Silent Years release 'Taking Drugs At The Amusement Park.' Sadly, where 'Climb On My Back' combined a luxuriant indie-rock haze and simmering riffs to intriguing effect, the first thing you'll notice about 'Taking Drugs At The Amusement Park,' is how flat the chorus is. In lieu of writing any actual lyrics, frontman Josh Epstein favours various combinations of "da-da-da" and "la-la-la."
After that distinctly 'meh' chorus, 'Taking Drugs At The Amusement Park' has a lot of making up to do and, while the rest of the song is approximately one hundred per cent better than that chorus, it isn't enough to redeem The Silent Years. Plenty of hooky slide guitar, glimmering chords, thumping drums and winding vocals makes for a pleasantly fuzzy, laidback indie-rock experience, but the lack of a decent chorus is glaringly obvious.
'Taking Drugs At The Amusement Park' will leave you hoping that their soon-to-be-released 'The Globe' album is more like 'Climb On My Back' and less like 'Taking Drugs At The Amusement Park.'