Prince Daddy and The Hyena
Cosmic Thrill Seekers


4.5
superb

Review

by Conmaniac CONTRIBUTOR (71 Reviews)
July 3rd, 2019 | 146 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: orbiting the planets, looping the thoughts

Act 1, The Heart / Passenger (tracks 1-5): Connor

I Thought You Didn't Even Like Leaving begins and ends nearly the same, linking the lyrics back to the album's title with callbacks to previous songs and themes. Prince Daddy & the Hyena have always been concerned with the cyclical nature of things, whether it's relationships that push and pull, or thought patterns that loop and swirl around one's head. It's no wonder their newest album Cosmic Thrill Seekers relates to an acid trip as the drug has the tendency to link things together in your brain in a confusing circle, producing connections and realizations that have never been made before. Kory opens things up by explaining this on the 'An Introduction to the Album'-eque acoustic to garage-fueled jam, detailing the lingering after-effects of his trip to whoever will listen. The first act, entitled The Heart, is genuinely a pathos-driven outcry, appealing to anyone who shares his issues with anxiety and how it suppresses his own good intentions. The band seems to follow this feeling as well, often replacing the weed-fueled uptempo distortion with swelling melodies that explode into anthemic climaxes and shrink back into plucked whimpered confessions.

Lyrically in 'Dialogue' Kory links his own story to the Wizard of Oz, relating the dream-like state of his own psyche to Dorothy's trip of an adventure. It's a healthy reminder that he will eventually "wake up" from the madness, forever changed by the scarring experience yet with the hope the effects will soon fade. The xylophone driven melody contrasted with Kory' smoke-ridden vocals sets a pretty good example for the rest of the album. While lyrically it's a massive strive forward in themes and content, the music takes a slightly more whimsical turn that often favors these cutesy moments seen in the aforementioned track. View it as a lyrical soundtrack of sorts; each twist and turn evokes tension and surprises across the entirety of Kory's story in the most emo-punk way imaginable.

Act 2, The Brain / Driver (tracks 6-9): Reece

If each act is a particular “lunar phase” of Kory’s mental state, then it’s fitting that The Brain tears the creative limits of the typical Prince Daddy aesthetic wide open. The band takes a distinct pleasure in running the gamut from disco hi-hats to acoustic balladry to almost-Sum-41 plagiarisms to horn sections of all things - occasionally all in the same two-and-a-half minute stretch. All the same, the anthemic distortion of “Slip” and subtly proficient riffs of “Prototype of the Ultimate Lifeform” graft these disparate elements to the strong musical backbone the band has crafted over the years. It’s haphazard and messy yet perfectly cohesive all at once, the equivalent of a run-on sentence running too long, barely sustaining its form by the skin of its teeth, a microcosm of the album as a whole.

Yet what's most admirable about that is its thematic consistency with Kory’s depiction of his mind’s recesses, transparent without being cloying and honest without any pandering. His struggles lay in minute social interactions - a misread social situation here, a regretful memory there - but in the context of utter isolation, it’s a matter of life and death. Nestled between the heart and the roar is a sliver of oblivion, a sly whisper of “maybe it’s time the planets decide” from a dark passenger, wresting agency at any opportunity. In another life, “Ursula Merger” and its abrupt cut-out from distorted guitars would signal a depressing end. Here, even without the paradoxically upbeat emo-punk that surrounds it, it’s a foundation to rise - a proverbial rock bottom that can only imply a rocket back up to the cosmos.

Act 3, The Roar / Random Passerby (tracks 10-14): Ian

Whenever I Thought You Didn’t Even Like Leaving was written, Prince Daddy and The Hyena were nobodies, and now with their small (but skyrocketing), and absolutely relentless cult following, they’ve managed to take the emotions on their sleeves, instrumentation, and songwriting all to the next level with Cosmic Thrill Seekers. Tracks like “Trying Times,” along with what might be their best song, closer “Wacky Misadventures of The Passenger” feature the band’s evolution on full display. With longer and more ambitious instrumentation, coupled with Kory’s complimentary, but (acquired) harshly delivered vocal melodies, the band still feels as if they’re playing their hearts out like it’s the last record that’ll ever be made. The songwriting from Kory is also way more of a brutally honest retake of the themes found on their first record, with every thought and anxiety being paced and executed on a much more grandiose scale than they’ve ever attempted before. To bring the closer back up, “Wacky Misadventures…,” there’s definitely a lyric that stands out as an album mantra, similarly to the closing lines of their debut record. It’s the desperate scream of ”There’s so much to a moment // It’s hard to not get distracted,” that seems simple at the surface, but the inner anxiety of living on with mental illness really does respect the relatability and openness of mental health that made I Thought You Didn’t Even Like Leaving such a refreshing debut to begin with. Now with Cosmic Thrill Seekers, Prince Daddy and The Hyena have perfected their already distinctly depressive power pop-punk sound, and the effort put into every single intricacy of the record shows that this band has more potential than ever previously conceived.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
July 3rd 2019


24903 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Special thanks to Ian B. and Reece (Art Box) for collabing with me on this review! been awhile since I've written so any feedback would be appreciated...

our three scores avg out to a 4.8/5 but I figured I'd just slap a 4.5 on there

love u all

ianbisntdeadyet
July 3rd 2019


194 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

thanks for letting me be apart of this :') i haven't been this excited about an album in a while. also same goes for me lol, i haven't written about new music in a looong time so if anybody has feedback please let me/all of us know !! oh and shouts out to Sam/barlobs for posting his first review (of this) last night, you guys should go check that one out too !! anyways, yeah this was an honor thank you

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MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
July 3rd 2019


9349 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well done collab gents. Definitely sold me on checking this if I didn't already want to. Sounds like a massive album.

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JohnnyoftheWell
Contributing Reviewer
July 3rd 2019


15564 Comments


Aww yes to wholesome collabs! Nice work guys

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WatchItExplode
July 3rd 2019


6896 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Need a full uninterrupted listen to settle on a final rating...will be 4-4.5

Lucman
July 3rd 2019


2903 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

A collaborative review! brilliant work fellas.

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Slex
Contributing Reviewer
July 3rd 2019


7403 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Awesome review

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Snake.
July 3rd 2019


21747 Comments


can’t wait for this to be a 3.0 max

Lucman
July 3rd 2019


2903 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

This is the most refreshing thing I've heard in the genre in years. This and their debut....cannot get enough.

Snake.
July 3rd 2019


21747 Comments


yeah thought their debut was blech so not hopeful about this regardless of hype

Slex
Contributing Reviewer
July 3rd 2019


7403 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

I remember when you actually liked things snake

ianbisntdeadyet
July 3rd 2019


194 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

snake,,, try to appreciate it for me lol it's so much more cohesive than their debut. so like unless you REALLY hate the vocals still, there's a lot to enjoy outside of that

McTime50
July 3rd 2019


877 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

going to read it right now but just getting the word out that this album bangs and so do you dudes

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McTime50
July 3rd 2019


877 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

kickass review

McTime50
July 3rd 2019


877 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

this album is the biggest jam since WORRY.

BeyondCosby
July 3rd 2019


2536 Comments


This kinda jams!

ArtBox
July 3rd 2019


287 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Cheers to Con for letting one of my two reviews a year be a collab with the coolest of dudes



Haven't been this excited about an album in a long time and it still blew me away, I've legitimately been trying to get to the other records that came out Friday (Beastwars / Gibbs and Madlib) but this album sucks me back in

Lucman
July 3rd 2019


2903 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

this album is the biggest jam since WORRY. [2]

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
July 3rd 2019


24903 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

love you all thank u!

art you're a brilliant writer, write more!

barlobs
July 3rd 2019


8 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Amazing review this album frickin shreds!



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