Album Reviews

Cicatrix
7.5
 on
Friday, June 29, 2018 - 22:37
submitted by
Thomas

When Rob Haworth (Farside, State of the Nation) started writing songs again after a nearly 15 year hiatus, what came out weren’t hardcore songs. Backed up by drummer Pete Moffett (Government Issue), keyboardist Carin Smith, guitarist Chris Woodhead and bassist John “Scoops” Hutchins, Second Letter churns out emotive alt-rock songs that are big on guitars and feel melancholy and grand in all the right places. Think Bob Mould with more atmospheric parts and dramatic builds.

 

Lyrically, the songs on debut album ‘Cicatrix’ read like a breakup album. But breakup as in breaking up “with the ill social, political and economic structures we live under,” and “constructing new subjectivities,” according to Haworth. It’s a bit different than the usual ‘my girlfriend doesn’t like me anymore’ fare. But hey, what did you expect who spends his days teaching courses focusing on the social foundations of education, anarchism, and critical pedagogies

 

Personal favorites? Opening track ‘Anything’, the very Bob Mould-y (meant in the best of ways!) ‘Shame’ and the surprising cover of Bad Religion’s ‘Only Gonna Die’.

 

Track listing:

  1. Anything
  2. Examples    
  3. Dead Emblems
  4. Ruins    
  5. Shame    
  6. Painted Pictures    
  7. Rid Ourselves    
  8. We're Only Gonna Die    
  9. Just Begun    
  10. Missing You