I feel like this band means business. The way they play, the way they conduct themselves, and even the scary disclaimer at the bottom of their email shows that Equals is here to stay. Their style is extremely technical, especially the drummer (I don’t know if you’re reading this, but woah) and their energy is off the charts, comparable to And So I Watch You From Afar. They get groovy at times like Gifts From Enola (“Electric Blanket”), feature clicking gallops like Maps & Atlases (“False Light”), but then take a completely different turn into something all their own (“Salvo”). A band that sounds similar to Battles, but still has a unique sound (the banjo (?) at the end of “Salvo” was incredible).
Essentially, I described this band by referencing a few different bands, but that’s because it’s difficult to capture the truest essence of Equals in words. The first word that comes to mind is professional. Equals seems serious about how they play, down to the great recording quality. The second word is spunk. They don’t simply rely on the soundscapes they create; they use it to bring you into a different world. Their world. One where every last second is precious and every last detail much be exact. I feel like I should be saying more, but the only thing I can say with certainty is that you WILL love this album. It’s everything I was expecting and more.
Rating: 5/5 kegs. A definite contender for this years best post-rock album.