Banks Arcade
Future Lovers


3.0
good

Review

by Manatea USER (8 Reviews)
August 1st, 2022 | 18 replies


Release Date: 07/29/2022 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Maybe this is what schizophrenia sounds like?

I was about to begin rolling my cigarettes for the week when Apple Music decided to feature Future Lovers, the debut album by a band I’d never heard of called Banks Arcade. It was marketed to me as metalcore in the vein of Northlane with electronic/ambient segments. I thought to myself, “Hey! This could be good! Something like… Silent Planet or Invent Animate or Underoath.”

Nope. I was wrong.

Don’t get too far ahead of me. I’ll start by saying this album isn’t bad. It’s just having a severe identity crisis, which is potentially a totally understandable situation to be in for a debut album but like… I’m talking a schizophrenic level of identity crisis.

The album begins with an ambient intro leading into about five tracks of what I think is supposed to be shoegaze or industrial heavy rock with segments of what could be described as nearly hip-hop or R&B or…I don’t know. All of it is juxtaposed by lead vocalist, Joshua O’Donnell, screaming at various points that could only be described as random.

Hitting about midway through the album, the music starts to become a little bit more interesting. With lead single, “Be Someone” featuring some drum work that isn’t totally boring and a melody that has some more life in it. After this, the band are more oriented towards metal or “metalcore” with a breakdown actually featured by the eighth track, “Used.” And here’s the funny thing: when the band leans more towards metal, it starts to sound like they’re actually trying to make good music. That’s not to say that the effects and synths are always bad, but they are very inconsistent.

The problem is that there are very few segments in which it appears that the band is actually trying. After “Used,” the music rapidly goes back to heavily effect laden synths and samplings which are apparently being used to cover up the fact that they have no idea which direction they’re really going. To make matters worse, when the band does change their stylistic approach mid song, it is not really sequitur. Coupled with O’Donnell’s tendency to switch between fairly decent post-hardcore vocal styles, screaming, rapping, and R&B styled droning at a moment’s notice, it all creates a much more jarring contrast than what I believe is intended.

Fortunately, the closer, “Wine,” is a perfectly serviceable rock tune with probably the best hook on the album.

So again, this isn’t necessarily bad. It’s just not that good either, mostly as a result of the unnervingly jittery nature of the songwriting. That being said, Banks Arcade at least shows some promise, and I guess we’ll see if they work it out better next time.



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Manatea
August 1st 2022


121 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Fifth review.

Also I’m doing this shit on an iPad and can’t load the album artwork because I’m too technologically incompetent to figure out how to turn the image into a jpeg. Pls help.

Purpl3Spartan
August 1st 2022


4479 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

They had some old singles that were solid but so far this is meh

Manatea
August 1st 2022


121 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Very meh. I’m having bad luck with music recently…

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
August 1st 2022


15299 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Wild, someone was just talking to me about this. It sounds tailor-made for me to completely hate it lol, will likely avoid unless objectivity calls my name.

Manatea
August 1st 2022


121 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Hopefully objectivity stays away then.



Purpl3Spartan
August 1st 2022


4479 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I summon thee!



Objectivity!

Purpl3Spartan
August 1st 2022


4479 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Review is solid btw



Pos

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
August 1st 2022


15299 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Okay well if you say so!

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
August 1st 2022


15299 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

lol what is this derivative, cash-grab nonsense

Purpl3Spartan
August 1st 2022


4479 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Their old singles were interesting but this is repulsive yeah

GiaNXGX
August 2nd 2022


5006 Comments


so basically this is dir en grey level vocal haphazardry

Manatea
August 2nd 2022


121 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Hey I got a feature!

@Spartan Thanks!

@Mars I mean you kind of said you wouldn’t like it.

@Gia If Dir En Grey were like… subpar

igordrago
August 2nd 2022


184 Comments


I heard the single on Spotify I thought we’ll this sounds decent let’s check them out and yeah all I can say is I was pretty disappointed. Really boring stuff, POS though.

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
August 2nd 2022


15299 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

I'm sorry Mana, objectivity called me :^(

Manatea
August 2nd 2022


121 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

@igor thanks mate

@Mars I mean truthfully it was summoned by Spartan. It’s just that his wizardry worked.

Manatea
August 3rd 2022


121 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Alright well… I’m glad I got a feature but unfortunately the album is subpar so… Off to the next one!

bloc
August 12th 2022


68826 Comments


Good god this is bad. Makes the new Thornhill album sound like an instant classic

Manatea
August 13th 2022


121 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah I think I rated it too high in retrospect



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