The way music can tell a story is one of the common threads that runs through the creative medium regardless of style and genre. This approach can paint vivid pictures for whoever is listening …
The way music can tell a story is one of the common threads that runs through the creative medium regardless of style and genre. This approach can paint vivid pictures for whoever is listening through syncopated instrumentation, emphatic amplification and unbridled energy. Providence punks Structure Sounds have a knack for pulling this off in melodic and harmonious fashion. Consisting of local music scene veterans Sean Patrick Carney and Zach Taylor Roth on co-lead vocals and guitars along with bassist Rob Icaza and drummer Adam Finkelstein, this quartet has the ability to write songs that leave a lasting impression. This is true of their album “Light Up Your Sorrow” which dropped through Wiretap Records on October 20.
The band teamed up with producer Chris Piquette for the recording process at No Boundaries Studios in North Kingstown with Piquette contributing on organ and piano. This resulted in an album that packs a sonic punch while exhibiting subtle notes of versatility from beginning to end.
“Looking at the collective songs on this album I found a common theme of fresh starts,” Carney said. “There are songs about heartbreak, letting go, reflection and hope. Coming off a rough few years we all could use a light at the end of the tunnel and I hope these songs can conjure that feeling.”
Some of the songs that best exemplify what Carney mentioned are “Break Me”, “Andrea”, “Waves” and “Setbacks”. There’s an observational vibe being conveyed through “Break Me” along with some pop hooks that are catchy and rhythmic. “Andrea” most likely relays a tale from Carney’s time with the New Jersey punk act The Scandals and the drumming from Finkelstein is excellent. I enjoy the triumphant messaging within “Waves” while “Setbacks” has Roth showing what he can do when he takes the lead on singing duties. The dynamic that comes from Roth and Carney’s alternating vocals and the impactful backing harmonies makes the album stand out.
To give “Light Up Your Sorrow” a listen, you can stream on either Spotify, Bandcamp, Apple Music, YouTube or Tidal. I personally recommend Bandcamp for its easy interface. If you’re looking to purchase the album, log onto Structure Sounds’ page at structuresounds.bandcamp.com. Be prepared for a great rock & roll record with intriguing narratives. It’s a fine example of the songwriting craft, but you have to plug in and turn up the volume to experience the reasons why.