36 CRAZYFISTS – Time and Trauma (2015)
Brock Lidow’s vocals immediately take me back to my youth during the days of Glassjaw, The Deftones, and At The Drive-In. Although not all about Time and Trauma is early millennial rock, with riffs inspired by classic rock and splattered with grunge era crumbs, 36 Crazyfists’ Time and Trauma is exactly what I would expect, no, it’s what I craved modern rock to sound like. Some might argue that if Time and Trauma is what I would expect modern rock to sound like, well then it must be technical and devoid of passion. Assuredly, there is no lack of passion or originality in Time and Trauma.
During a time where artists are seeming to make enormous come backs, 36 Crazyfists doesn’t focus on broad social problems, or talk about phantasmal legends and lore that have little to no correlation to reality like so many have done before. Instead, 36 Crazyfists reach down deep into our emotional bowels and manages to schlepp up the sonic landscape of the deepest overriding feelings of our era, and possibly for our generation. It brings back the jaw dropping sensations you first felt when hearing Slipknot, or the intimacy found in the rock genre that gripped us in our youth. This is not selfish, as there are so many social ill’s that need our attention and need to be fixed. However, after protests and even the murders of innocent lives at the hand of those who promise to serve and protect us, no one has yet to be held accountable. Nothing is different, nothing has changed. And now as we grow old, more than ever all we have to focus on is those who we have the opportunity to affect right here in our daily lives.
The focus is hyperlocal, yes, but it is raw, and real, and it gives a voice to the assortment of feelings we have when it comes to life and death and to actually living and truly dying. But, even with trauma and tragedy comes beauty and hope. 36 Crazyfists’ Time and Trauma, isn’t about wallowing in self-pity, or checking out of life and chasing the next mind numbing thing. It’s also about never giving up, remembering what’s important and finding a way to release those emotions; and that is precisely what Time and Trauma accomplishes.
Lidow sings the pain, he screams the anger, and he nearly weeps at the beauty. Backed by Steve Holt’s groovy, melodic and thrashy style, met with newcomer Kyle Baltus on drums melting one’s core into involuntary head banging perfection. Finally reunited with bassist Mick Whitney, 36 Crazyfists make a come back that is the culmination of the sonic influences of my adolescence coupled with precisely the right emotional backdrop to create a recipe that is indeed difficult to beat.