Album Reviews

The American Scene – Haze
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 21:26
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The American Scene is back with their second album and it’s a winner! Every single song on “Haze” will have you nodding along in no time, no small feat on its own. That is largely thanks to the rhythm section with bass lines that are as punchy as they are groovy and drums that are kept breezy while at the same time sounding busy and omnipresent, relentlessly propelling the song forward. Over it all are draped some pretty sweet guitar licks alongside Matt Vincent’s cool dude vocals, which sound like a cross between Alkaline Trio’s Dan Andriano and Brand New’s Jesse Lacey.

The best thing about “Haze” is how easy it is to listen to. Breezy, light, airy and easy really are words you just can’t get round when talking about this album. Making a good thing even better are the catchy hooks, which are to be found all over the place. Call it poppy, punky or indie-y (?), it all sticks and it makes “Haze” one of the best summer albums that wasn’t released during the summer.

Tom Dumarey
Tom Dumarey

Lacking the talent to actually play in a band, Tom decided he would write about bands instead. Turns out his writing skills are mediocre at best as well.