David did a nice lil review of the new Mallcops record, “The Funniest Joke You’ve Ever Heard,” which was released at the end of this July. Check it out.
Mallcops, alternative/emo band from Boston, Released a record entitled “The Funniest Joke You’ve Ever Heard” at the end of July.
At first glance, this record absolutely stunned me. The lead vocals are wonderful, lyrics are enticing, and the musicianship is top notch. The way that Mallcops uses each instrument with a very clear purpose creates a relationship between the different parts that makes it clear every note was very well thought out. Mallcops’ structure in their songwriting is absolutely fascinating. Every build up led to a near-perfectly executed heavier part in the song, and all of the distortion and abrasive sound was used tastefully and sparingly. Many bands use too much distortion and drown out a song with heavy part after heavy part, but Mallcops did not do this at all. Gang vocals, which can be a very challenging thing to use, were done, once again, very tastefully and well.
The Rhythm guitar was my favorite part of this record. It was used very creatively, sometimes as chords and sometimes playing picked out things but always providing a tonal base for the rest of the band to groove on. The dynamic differences between the two singers really accentuate each other well, and do a lot for the record. While doing all of this, mallcops does an adequate job of maintaining a sound while also having variety in their music. The only thing I have a problem with is that I didn’t hear as many of those tasty guitar harmonies that they use as I would like. I would recommend this record to any fan of The Hotelier, Mineral, Sunny Day Real Estate, and Balance and Composure.
You can stream and download this record on http://www.mallcopz.bancamp.com