Southerly “Youth”

Another indie band from Portland, not that there’s anything wrong with that. “Suffer” sets the tone with Krist Krueger singing and providing his own accompaniment. It’s a one-man band in many respects.
The title track is fine. More guitar but otherwise indistinguishable. Southerly’s sound doesn’t really vary much, but it’s fine because they’ve figured out what they’re good at.
Slightly slower is “Her Name Is Forward.” They might as well have pep, because the reduced tempo just causes the band to drone on. “Sacrifice” starts quietly and slowly builds.
“Going Down” is another slow one. I think it’s about going down to Voodoo Doughnut. No need to listen to “Without a Cause” if you’re a rebel. It’s a very straight-ahead rock song.
The drumming reminds me of Smashing Pumpkins. The guitar is all over the place, in a good way. Vocally it’s average at best. If you’re a fan of the Portland sound, give it a try, but there’s nothing overly exciting about this record.

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