Leiana - No Going Back
Leiana is a punk outfit out of Philly, PA. It's also the name of their lead singer. They seem to be gaining alot of local support and have amongst their ranks some influential clout in the history of skate rock and punk in Chuck Treece (McBad). So, you'd have to say they have something going for them. But if you ask me, they're not quite ready for the next step into stardom. There's a grainy sort of amateur lackluster-ness that pervades most of the album's glammed-up punk.
The main detractor has to be a basis of all songwriting; time signatures. Namely the fact that this band stays at mainly one tempo, with your typical verse-bridge-chorus-solo style and a serious lack of diversity is the result. They manage to capture your attention with their antics on tracks like "Couldn't Tell" and it's bombastic riffing, but then some half-assed flop like "Suffer" goes and ruins what little steam had been built. Not much of No Going Back goes over well in my book, and I won't even begin to explain why Leiana's voice irritates me to no end. Keyword: bubblegum.
For fans of Chuck's earlier work or music you can turn on in your car with the windows down without getting the least bit paranoid about (unless of course you're not a girl or someone with limited knowledge of today's music) might want to check this out, but I'd give Leiana another album or two to grow up. I won't call it immature, but it's borderline, like that 20-something female co-worker at your job who still dyes her hair blue and wears those "Juicy" jeans.
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