Album review

Grant Langston - Chinese Fire Drill

Californian troubadour Grant Langston works in an old-school medium, exhuming '80s guitar rock, but his inner Mark Eitzel screams out from his dark, ironic lyrics. Lively drumming detonates the dynamics as the frontman sings of being drunk, being in love, and other essential topics. "Man, this chick is killing you," declare the Shangri-Las of his subconscious, to which he replies, "You're goddamn right—but it's just so romantic." Other stories of West Coast idling include "Beautiful Cynic" and "Slice Of Misery".

Rating: 3 / 10


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