Review Summary: Although it's not breaking new ground, Motion Sickness Love is a short but rewarding listen .
Static, Dripping, then footsteps as a door screeches open. the jingling of keys, then a lighter and a deep breath, followed by a scream of "So let me introduce Myself".
These are the sounds which open 'Motion Sickness Love'. the Debut album by the holly Springs Disaster. For those of you not familiar with them, think a heavier, more metalcore based Maylene and the sons of Disaster, with songs as fun as newer Every time I die, and the southern feel of Dead And Divine (although THSD is actually Canadian).
The Cd is really quite catchy and had me hooked for several months. It ranges from metalcore-esque breakdowns to pop-ish singing, but though these sound like a foolish mix worthy of failure, they actually compliment each other nicely. One second the gutteral screaming of Mike Froh will be tearing out your eardrum, the next moment him and Josh (guitar) will be singing a beautiful lead over the song.
The lyrics mostly concern intoxication and its after effects (note the Cd name), but also include sex - "She'll shed virgin skin, without feeling like a whore". The song names are kind of lame (see 'I D.A.R.E. David Bowie to Drive Drunk', 'Absolut Balderdash', and 'A Nice Night for A Neck Injury'), but this is excusable because of the quality of the music.
But it's not all breakdowns and singing, there's tapping, of the quite tasteful-non-solo buildup variety (I Feel Like i'm Taking Crazy Pills), guitar harmonies (Showdown), gang-vocals, and even a piano interlude (Showdown/My Pet Monster). Despite this description no doubt making many metalcore veterans cringe in fear, it all runs very smoothly and quite uniquely.
Motion Sickness Love runs in only half an hour (25 minutes actually), which is one of the only cons. In terms of replayability, it gets old after a while, but stays fresh surprisingly long. By that i mean, atleast for me, I was 'into' it for about 2 months, but once it grew old, I could no longer listen to it save for a wait of 6 months later. In truth, the experience is quite worth it, the members of THSD being extremely talented indivuals in terms of playing and songwriting.
But will 'Motion Sickness Love' propel The Holly Springs Disaster into fame? Or will they simply go 'up in smoke' like so many of their counterparts?