eluded to in the recent BTID feature, the best way to describe Bright
Channel's sound is the best of post-punk, shoegaze, indie rock,
space rock, and even no wave. While their debut does have traces
of all of this, it would be better described as a very spacey post
punk. The band molds the best when they expose their huge guitar
sound, meshing it with the deliberate drum sound engineered by none
other than Steve Albini himself. From the first 20 seconds of the
album, you can get a feel for what these guys are about, feedback.
The guitars chime throughout the album - held together nicely by
a constant rolling bass line and a very steady pounding drum sound.
All of this sets up the beautiful vocals of the singer. His melodic
vocals seem to fit perfectly with all the other aspects of Bright
Channel's sound. Even when the guitars are at their height, his
they seem to stay very distinct. Bright Channel plays a brand of
shoegaze kin to that of Swervedriver. This is an album that can
please just about any fan of the aforementioned styles, moving from
noisy rockers, to very dreary paced compositions that beg the listener
to notice the painful lyrics sitting on top of it all. Some of the
drumming is very reminiscent of Madonna era Trail of Dead (of which
I am a huge fan). This album sounds like Cave In's brilliant 'Jupiter',
but with none of the metal that hung over Cave In's sound. I find
myself listening to this album almost compulsively. Look for Bright
Channel to become a bit better known in the future, and definitely
check out this splendid debut.