ストレイテナー (Straightener) – Vandalism/Silly Parade Review

Anything that Straightener releases I become a fan of. Their 2011 release is essentially two songs with a “prototype” version along with two instrumentals.

The two tracks contain the signature sound of the band, making me continually happy because they have a distinct sound in the Japanese rock genre.

“Silly Parade” might be in 4/4 time, but the rhythms attack with a different signature making the song sound like it’s on the back of the beat. The chorus returns to the eighth note vocal attack which quickly returns to the off-beat verses.

“Vandalism” is a more groove-centric song, containing more lead guitar string picking and complex drum rhythms. It sounds more similar to previous Straightener songs, which isn’t negative at all.

The only sad part of the release is that it’s only two songs. But two great songs.

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