Royden - In the House of Attics
Record Label: Hopeless Records
Release Date: October 23, 2007
Why some bands break through in the melodic hardcore/post punk realm like My Chemical Romance and others struggle for recognition is an absolute riddle when you consider Royden’s second release In the House of Attics from Hopeless Records. Royden’s crew from Rockaway, New Jersey keep their gnarly guitar shreds and clenching vocals at a melodic pitch making the band tough without being barbaric. They hold their music within defined boundaries keeping everything at a level of having fun.
The band’s racing rhythms and curvaceous guitar turns on tracks like “Villains and Scoundrels” and “All Hallows Eve” have hardcore clasps that don’t hurt the ears but stimulates the senses. The album moves into softer tempos and ambient tones on numbers like “The West or the End of the World Part 2” and “A Little Razor Wire Piece of Heaven” sowing sinuous guitar lines and hammering drum kicks. Band members Denny “Treebo” Crane (lead vocals), Kerry (bass), Tim (guitar), Justin Sherwood (guitar), and Danny LaVarco (drums) produce racy pulsations and sweet guitar shreds like on the track “Broken Star Satellite.” The songs have stocky rhythms and iron weight in the density of the guitar layers. Treebo’s vocals show waves of tension and lively theatrics on tunes like “The Best Laid Plans Fall Apart Most Quickly” and “Kid Tested” with as much stimulation as My Chemical Romance.
In The House of Attics is Royden’s follow up to the band’s debut album Best Friends Our Worst Enemies. Their post punk/hardcore leanings have a melodic-pop tendency, which though it follows a general template, it is one worth repeating, something like silk screening a photo which always makes the picture look much more attractive. Silk screening never goes out of style for that reason and neither does Royden’s style of hard rock. The band’s metal rock enriched guitars and rhythms have a vivid likeness to a number of other bands on the market, but Royden still pull out an impressive recording with In the House of Attics.