The Ongoing Concept
Saloon


4.0
excellent

Review

by Cultclassical USER (48 Reviews)
August 22nd, 2013 | 52 replies | 5,053 views


Release Date: 08/20/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Summer ain't over yet...

8 of 8 thought this review was well written

With summer entering its twilight and the chilly vestiges of autumn just around the corner, many people like to switch gears from the energetic and aggressive sounds of summer to the more appropriate mood that is associated with autumn. Still many other people appreciate a good banger anytime of the year and it seems Solid State Records have found another winner with The Ongoing Concept’s newest offering Saloon. It’s hard to get more close-knit than this band, which consists of three brothers and one very close friend, and the music radiates this bond throughout its runtime. The energy exhibited here is palpable and save for a few instances, unrelenting. The band channels this cool fire by way of some crafty guitar play, well produced drumming, and a stellar vocal performance.

A band can have all the energy in the world but if they lack a penchant for songwriting, all the sweat they exert will be for nothing. Saloon is an example of the perfect amount of experimentation gelling with fresh instrumentation wrapped up in a faintly (wild) western package. The album opens with some nice parlor-core in its title track “Saloon” and serves as a damn good template on why this album succeeds. This song, and almost every other, grabs your attention with its sharp balance between its novel presentation and catchy metal roots. If not immediately evident from the album title, Saloon has a theme that is vaguely southern as well as vaguely wild western in sound. The band does a good job not soaking this record in zingy southern sauce but by use of a banjo here, a southern rock lick there, and especially the parlor music portion mentioned earlier, applies just the right amount of southern bite to the record to let you know of its influence.

The skill in this delicate balance attained here is brought about by the band’s seeming aversion to unoriginality. From the music video of “Cover Girl” to information online about the group, the ever-present notion is that of originality. Luckily the group need not eat their own words as Saloon is largely original in many different aspects. As mentioned before there are three primary factors contributing to Saloon’s refreshing sound, the largest of the three being the guitar. The hooks and riffs here are varied, catchy, and most importantly they keep the album interesting. Along with the guitar, the drums sound dense and give the heavier portions of the album a distinct weight which adds immensely to the energy this band exudes. Lastly, the vocals are also well executed, loud without sounding whiny and powerful with a very noticeable air of confidence throughout the album’s runtime. It’s the magic of having your brothers as your band mates.

Unfortunately the slower songs on the album don’t emanate the same emotion the faster songs do in spades and while it doesn’t drag the album down, the stark contrast in the quality is a little jarring. Even so it was a choice between make the whole album fast songs and risk wearing out the listener, or add slower ones to break up the pace. This is just another one of the many applauded decisions The Ongoing Concept has made in creating Saloon and those not quite ready for the energy of summer to end can stave it off a bit longer by picking this up.



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Calc
August 22nd 2013



11966 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yay 40!

Video for "Cover Girl"- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joYKnDbwUoI

Video for "Class of Twenty-Ten"- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQCS_DUOPmA



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YourDarkAffected
Contributing Reviewer
August 22nd 2013



1631 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Heard "Class of Twenty-Two" and "Cover Girl." Both were pretty killer. Good review too. pos.

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Calc
August 22nd 2013



11966 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Originally posted at meltingalbumreviews.com

http://meltingalbumreviews.com/2013/08/23/the-ongoing-concept-saloon/


and thanks dark you can stream the whole thing but you have to like them on Facebook or something.

YourDarkAffected
Contributing Reviewer
August 22nd 2013



1631 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I don't really like the guitarists' vocals. The whole "HOLD IT! HOLD THAT THOUGHT!!" just sounds a little much for me. Love the music of this band though. And the message is pretty cool I guess.

Calc
August 22nd 2013



11966 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah he does that I think only in maybe 2 songs. lol

YourDarkAffected
Contributing Reviewer
August 22nd 2013



1631 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

oh, well then I think I would enjoy this.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
August 22nd 2013



19434 Comments


nice write-up man.

one small thing:

"It’s hard to get more close-knit then this band" I believe it should be than ;)

Digging: Musk Ox - Woodfall

YourDarkAffected
Contributing Reviewer
August 22nd 2013



1631 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good recs for this album too.

Calc
August 22nd 2013



11966 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks aaron I shall fix it now

RivalSkoomaDealer
August 22nd 2013



667 Comments


this is pre sweet.

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TooLateToGoBack
August 22nd 2013



1750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Excellent review and album.

Glad Solid State has been signing so many great bands lately.

tresm87
August 22nd 2013



617 Comments


holy shit this is bizarre stuff. the vocals are just not working for me, and the structure of the songs throw me off. not bad, but i cant get past 3 songs.

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swordsforhands
August 23rd 2013



391 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Checked out Cover Girl, song was pretty cool and the video was nice as well. Going to check out more by these guys.

Calc
August 23rd 2013



11966 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you'll be satisfied.

SteveRogers
August 23rd 2013



187 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I can't explain it. But this album is just damn fun. In a lot of ways, this is more what I wish the last Maylene and the Sons of Disaster album had sounded like than it actually did.

Digging: 68 - In Humor and Sadness

TooLateToGoBack
September 4th 2013



1750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Goodbye, So Long My Love is so fucking good.

Calc
September 5th 2013



11966 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album needs more votes

Owantjaaaa
September 12th 2013



3201 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Finally got the chance to listen to this, thanks for the rec calc

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Owantjaaaa
September 12th 2013



3201 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

whoops, double post
gotta love my shitty internet connection

Pheromone
October 19th 2013



3372 Comments


Oh wow, Just listened to Goodbye, So Long and holy shit, I need to check this band out.

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