Wrong’s debut ep Stop Giving marked a shift in the songwriting canon of Eric Hernandez/Ryan Haft. Previously the pair logged many miles in post-hardcore outfit Capsule. The latter was more than capable of countless arrangement and feel changes in literally under 60 seconds whereas the former adopted an approach more akin to New York jazz/noise/groove legends Helmet. With Haft and Hernandez time-tested work ethic, Stop Giving was followed by an 11 song, self-titled full-length album a short time later. Wrong was notable for not only its release on powerhouse Relapse records but also for it’s marked growth in songwriting, execution, and overall intensity.
What is a band to do when they’ve captured the attention (and admiration) of their peers, built a small but loyal (and ever-growing) fanbase, and successfully reinvented their entire approach? If the band is smart, they set to work like it’s the last project they’ll ever undertake and (if they’re lucky) they’ll create something special, something like Wrong‘s new full length Feel Great.
Much like hip-hop legends Public Enemy welcoming listeners to the Terrordome, Wrong commence Feel Great with the blistering “Errordome.” This track could very well be the gem in the Wrong songbook. Machine gun snare fills, noisy, obtuse guitar solos, and unexpected dynamic changes are all here. Wrong expertly intertwine them all in an exceptionally memorable minute and 32 seconds.
First single “Culminate” pulsates with a pummelling mid-tempo groove. Wrong supplements the sounds with stop/start breaks and squalls of guitar noise.
One common thread to note about Feel Great is that it seems the band aren’t taking any measures to make their music more accessible. In fact, it’s almost as if the band has embraced their noisier/obtuse side. For example, 2nd single “Zero Cool” dissipates halfway through it’s runtime to a jagged, slash and burn guitar noise whiteout and never returns to the actual song. That and there seems to be more guitar solo’s on album #2. This fact should please fans of Ryan Haft’s fretboard prowess.
“Crawl Instead” recalls the tempo that Capsule was fond of using to pummel the listener’s brain into submission. Same with the actual song length with its economical 56-second duration. “Gape” could be Feel Great’s answer to previous album standout “High Chair” with it’s mid-paced/melodic feel.
Feel Great will undoubtedly find a place in many listeners best of 2018 lists and with good reason, it’s fantastic.
Release Date: April 13/2018
Favourite Tracks: Errordome, Zero Cool, Culminate, Gift, Anaerobic
For Fans Of: Helmet, Unsane, Capsule, Whores, Plaque Marks, Fight Amp