Small Leaks Sink Ships
Until The World Is Happy


4.5
superb

Review

by Catchthe22 USER (6 Reviews)
January 6th, 2008 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Small Leaks Sink Ships is a band from Arizona that you probably have not heard of, but they are going to fit into your collection.

At my college radio station I was putting away some albums into our catalog system and a lot of the albums have relativity small reviews that the distributors stick on the front. One album caught my eye basically just from the RIYL (Recommended if you like...) with bands like Minus the Bear and Mars Volta. I glanced through the review and liked what I read enough to listen. I am so glad I did.

Small Leaks Sink Ships is a band from Arizona that you probably have not heard of, but they are going to fit into your collection. Genre wise they fit into an indie progressive rock, but they are unique. They really add something to it that bands that have the spotlight don't bring. Very dynamic changes within songs and on a track to track basis. Kicking off the album is The Flood which really defines who they are. It starts off with a beautiful guitar piece and in comes the drum part. One thing I really like about this band and this song in particular is the drums. They are not just getting the job done but they almost steal the spot light. The drumming is similar to that of Rx Bandits. Different and spectacular. The vocals are very passionate and well placed. He holds his own. Other songs the vocals may be questioned with how experienced the lead singer is. Towards the end of the first track the piano takes the part of the guitar and finishes the song off.

The second song has vocals similar to that of At the Drive-In; sporadic and sometimes a bit screamy, but just like At the Drive-In it shows more strength than weakness. Sometimes they show influences of some mainstream rock with choruses. Other times I have no idea where they are getting their influence from. Dear Dictator has a chorus that doesn't really compare with anything. It is a piano lead, almost sing along, chorus with a lot of heart. The rest of the song fits with everything else they are doing on the chorus. It has the quick guitar riffs and following their dynamic progression they quickly return into the abstract chorus and then quickly back into a very progressive stop and go jam and into a straight on guitar shred.

Other highlights include Sackcloth In Ashes, which has a more pop like chorus and the vocals are more under control. A more artsy track is Sick On Substance. It is produced a lot different. The vocals have some delay and effects added; actually all the instruments are tweaked to have a more electronic sound. A lot of instrumental parts in the song and the vocals are outstanding when they are there.

If you want negatives for this album there are not many. The members have been working together for a while but not making music like this. The band itself is very young especially at release. Considering all that, I don't know what to criticize. The vocals at times has some improvement to be made, but they arnt bad. Improvement can be had overall but as far as specifics it will really depend on your taste.

Try this! Do it for yourself.

Recommended Tracks:
The Flood
Sick On Substance
Truth Of Transition



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Catchthe22
January 6th 2008


95 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

http://smallleakssinkships.com/ thats their myspace/website. Start with The Flood.

iamrockzorz
January 7th 2008


1029 Comments


Eh its good. Sweet artwork.

But i don't really dig.

3.0 probably.

HighandDriving
January 7th 2008


3288 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

LOL, I was drawn to this album the same way you were.
But I didn't think it was nearly as good as the 2 bands mention and seemed a little too ambient for its own good.
I do agree with you on "The Flood" though, that is a great track
Good review, keep em coming.This Message Edited On 01.07.08This Message Edited On 01.07.08

KritikalMotion
December 17th 2008


2262 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is really good.

like amazing

like omfgThis Message Edited On 02.05.09

KritikalMotion
March 23rd 2009


2262 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

these guys deserve so much more attention

double post

astrel
May 27th 2009


2614 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

drumming is so so so so so so good.

KritikalMotion
June 4th 2009


2262 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

whole thing is so so so so so so so so so good

amazing

gaslightanthem
June 4th 2009


5209 Comments


soooooooooooooooooooooooooooo bad

natey
June 4th 2009


4170 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

reminds me of Mimas but nothing alike

gaslightanthem
June 4th 2009


5209 Comments


never listened to this


never gonna listen to this

natey
June 4th 2009


4170 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

it's like math-rock for dummies
a bunch of obnoxious 5 year olds who found happy chord progressions
avenged sevnfold

gaslightanthem
June 4th 2009


5209 Comments


A7X

Distance
June 17th 2009


113 Comments


their stuff is amazing, i have yet to see them live though even though i live in the area


bungy
December 3rd 2009


8843 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Heard Sackcloth in ashes and liked it

bungy
December 3rd 2009


8843 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album is good

elemenager
May 17th 2010


1 Comments


Just an FYI they have a new song out Glass Hypnotist they're working on a new album and what's I've heard so far it's better than the last.

pmmets07
December 25th 2010


5913 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

good album

every song is pretty different from the rest, so that's a good thing

thatoneguy726
July 9th 2011


1636 Comments


"Sackcloth in Ashes"

I'm a fan.



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