Billed as “Today Is the Day meets ZZ Top“, Chicago’s Something Is Waiting are a new and unique presence in the extreme music world. Comprised of former and current members of Jar’d Loose, (Lone) Wolf and Cub and Barren Heir, Something Is Waiting purvey a singular style that is equal parts infectious and blood-pumping. The band effectively combine noise rock’s penchant for acidic angularity with 70s/80s hard rock swagger for a dirty, eccentric sound. The Something Is Waiting Band is the band’s first official release and, hopefully, it won’t be their last.
The record opens up with a 10-second intro of dissonant chaos that bleeds into the album’s first groovy anthem, “New Lows in Hell”. The track revolves around venomous guitar riffs that cycle between writhing, Duane Denison-esque eccentricities, and party-worthy rock nuances. A rhythm section made up of thumping, metallic bass lines and battering drumming gives the track an extra muscular kick. The icing on the cake is frontman Eddie Gobbo’s (ex-Jar’d Loose) shrill, raspy bark that spews out sardonic, tongue-in-cheek sermons. The one-two punch of “Pet Rockets Stoned” and “Cult House” follow “New Lows in Hell” with barrages of catchy, head-bashing riffs. “Pet Rockets Stoned” churns out a crawling, earworm of a riff that will have listeners bobbing their head until their neck is sore, as well as some hazy-eyed psuedo-stoner metal stylings. “Cult House” barrels out of the gate with thick, grimy riffs and bruising percussion and refuses to cease its monstrous beating.
“Real Estate Cubicle Rock” unleashes a neck-snapping, acidic guitar riff that twists and churns like a drunken snake. This jagged groove bleeds into bashing rhythmic bursts, charging chord progressions, and back again seamlessly throughout this blood-boiling cut. “Real Estate Cubicle Rock” is followed by the instrumental piece “David Mamet and Kids”. This track showcases Something Is Waiting‘s adoration for crunchy, old school hard rock and features comical sound clips of screenwriter/playwright David Mamet instructing actors on how to perform. Unfortunately the song doesn’t really go anywhere, and is more of an interlude than anything, but its hard to deny its catchy instrumentation. Finally, “Real Frontwomen Wear Ankhs” closes out the half-hour record on an explosive note with knife-like leads and murky, punchy instrumentation fueled by alcohol and a Motley Crue-esque strut.
Something Is Waiting seems like the natural next step after the dissolution of its sister band, Jar’d Loose. That band’s brand of noise rock always toyed with elements of grunge and classic hard rock, so its not surprising that Something Is Waiting fully embraces those influences. The Something Is Waiting Band is a super solid debut by a band with such a distinct, polarizing sound. It’s fun, it’s weird, it’s heavy and it will keep listeners coming back for another taste.
Release Date: July 22, 2016
Label: The Path Less Traveled
Favorite Tracks: “New Lows in Hell”, “Pet Rockets Stoned”, “Cult House”, “Hippies Become Lawyers” and “Real Frontwomen Wear Ankhs”
For Fans Of: Jar’d Loose, The Jesus Lizard and Today Is the Day