Stand back everyone, I’m going to try …SCIENCE!
Thus starts The Spark, the most energetic song on The Mother Matrix (and my personal fave), the newest brain child of The Nathaniel Johnstone Band.
And boy, what a brain child it is! Undoubtedly his best album to date, it combines genres from the past with the kind of music he has become best known for, making this a hot pot of genres, and yet every song still has that signature Johnstone feel to it.
It’s no mean feat to write a punk song that reminds of the infamous CH-CH-CH-CHERRY BOMB, or tracks that remind of The Beatles and other bands from that era whilst sticking to your own style at the same time. Even when he and his band emulate the past, they are still very much themselves, which is exactly why this album is so fantastic.
And make sure to listen to the lyrics too, because man, are they good!
In short, this is a varied, solid album, with a nice switch between genres and male and female vocals. It keeps interesting no many times you listen to it. At the same time it is very accessible, so pretty much anyone would enjoy this either as listening, dancing or background tunes. It’s one of those rare albums that works no matter the circumstances.
If you so desire, you can get your own copy right here.