Collection of Thoughts
Nathan McNevin and the Silence Factory made an album that had me grinding my teeth with excitement because they are so ridiculously on point with their game.
The mood, the sounds, the production of it all is gigantic and the entire tone of this gem shines with a gritty wonder as the momentum maintains a steady, breath-taking incline right to the very end.
Impossibly infectious melodies. Lyrics that walk the delicate and unstable line of angst ridden diary scribblings…and raw, passionate poetry. This album is an emotional tilt-a-whirl of sound, drenched in adrenaline. Smeared with love, pain, lust, passion and possibly, the most important ingredient: unapologetic ego – but in such a natural way…so self-aware, without being self-conscious, it’s humble. If that makes ANY sense at all.
The synergy, the thoughtfulness of it all – it’s the raw, honest vibe of sheer song-writing joy that just flows and carries the current, the pulse, the heartbeat of this album.
These songs sound as if they were ripped out, off the cuff and spontaneous. The kind of songs that write themselves. Like a delicious jam session that evolved into something so much bigger than the original intent. Glorious, from note one.
The dizzy, opening crash landing of “Land” is rock and roll AC/DC-riff-worthy bliss. The kiss-on-the-forehead of "Ruby’s House" is gentle and tender. The final harmonies of “What Are You Doing” will have you holding your breath. The romantic heart palpitations of “Collection of Thoughts” is epic and heart-breaking. The familiar embrace of “Dead Heroes” – an explosive and near-tear-jerking tribute to a gang of idolized rock gods, no longer with us, will make you stop whatever it is you’re doing, and reflect, remember. The Doors/Zeppelin-esque stoned opening of The "Last Goodbye" is the perfect chaser.
Nathan McNevin and the Silence Factory made an album that is glam. It is psychedelic. It is pop. It is very real rock and roll. It’s even radio ready. It’s a volcano.
And the best part: I’m guessing they don’t even care about any of those labels. They just made music, fueled by passion. Nothing better than that. Nothing.
Nathan McNevin and the Silence Factory celebrate the release of their new album on February 27 at the Walkerville Theatre, with a special appearance by the Wiebe Family Quartet and special guests, The Autumn Kings and El Mi Sho and the Hombres.