‘Élan Vital’ by I Drink Therefore There’s Darkness (Album)
A promising release from a band that will make a name for themselves if they continue to refine their songwriting
Youthful Blackpool quartet I Drink Therefore There’s Darkness formed in 2015 and consist of Barry Parkinson (vocals, guitar), Dan Kerr (drums), Warren Brown (bass) and Joel Winters (guitar). Their name indicates that the content of the songs will be thoughtful and slightly poetic. Either that, or it’s all an elaborate hoax and they write meaningless nonsense. Thankfully it’s the former.
The album has been mixed by James Routh of Sonic Boom Six, but don’t be expecting ska punk with hip hop breakdowns from this lot. There is plenty of melody, but it’s doused in melancholy tone and huge amounts of reverb. The album is an angst-driven affair from start to finish. From the infectious guitar riff that saturates There’s Always Another Summer, to the staccato guitars of Our Hands Clasped Tight, it’s pop rock at heart.
The songs are tinged with romanticism, holding secrets that need to be unlocked. The dynamics have a fluidity that carry the notes through the speakers. There is a lot of depth to these songs, making them a band to watch out for in the future.
Verdict: A valiant effort from an emerging talent