Friday, February 3, 2012
THE HELL: SAUVE LES REQUINS EP
Matt Skiba's one busy dude. Lately, between broken bones sand Instagram, he's been creating a shitload of new music. The latest Skiba side project, Matt Skiba and the Sekrets (featuring AFI bassist Hunter Burgan and current My Chemical Romance touring drummer Jarrod Alexander) has a debut album, Babylon, due out later this year. In the meantime, he's started a two man band (bromance) with ex-Angels & Airwaves (and ex-Offspring, Social Distortion, Rocket From the Crypt etc...) drummer Atom Willard, called theHELL.
Without really meaning to be, theHELL is every diehard Alkaline Trio fan's wet dream. The production, especially on Skiba's vocals, sounds more like old Alkaline Trio than anything the Chicago three-piece has released in almost a decade. The sound goes back to straight-up, less theatrical, angrier-sounding Trio classics like From Here to Infirmary, Maybe I'll Catch Fire and Goddamnit. Especially "No Where Left" - even the bass (played by Skiba I presume) sounds like Trio bassist Dan Andriano's earlier work on classics like "Stupid Kid" and "Armageddon".
Still, because it's only four songs (and less than ten minutes of music), Sauve Les Requins (Save the Sharks) is a difficult EP to really get into. It's brief, to the point, no frills pop punk. The songs are energetic and strong - they don't song like Alkaline Trio (or Matt Skiba Demos) throwaways. And busy Atom Willard has gone all out stamping his sound on things.