Tomorrow's Cry - The Mold
Record Label: Cal-Rock Records
Release Date: 2007
The Mold by California band Tomorrow’s Cry is an honest effort from a skilled band that clearly shows a ton of promise. Though the band is hindered by weak production, the talent is there. That’s not to say that this is a band to start boasting about, but it is an auspicious offering. At best, it’s a disc that veers heavily towards Bush’s Sixteen Stone while still trying to hold onto garage and classic rock formats. Don’t expect classics like “Machinehead” or ballads like “Glycerine” though, as the production really drags down the disc. Vocalist Chris Fox is severely held back and the few times the listener hears his voice fully, he sounds both overly whiny and also like an over-singer.
The only other negative aspect about this disc is the laid-back, slacker lyrics, which at times are unoriginal and banal. Singings songs about cigarettes and whiskey is so overdone, it's entirely impossible to write something original or thought-provoking. The real promise of this disc though is the music. The rhythm section is clearly good at what they do and the smoking guitar solos, which are featured prominently throughout, elucidate the fact that this band knows how to play and does so rather well. While songs like "Sunny Day LA and "Myself in and Out" are skippable, others like "Light Years" reveal a genuine ability to put together quality alternative rock. With one hand clearly vested in 90s grunge rock and another firmly planted in modern pop punk, it wouldn’t be a shocker, if given a bigger budget and better production, Tomorrow’s Cry put together a solid disc in a few years.