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Children Collide -Monument

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Mature is a dirty word in rock and roll. It usually means that distortion pedals and excitement have been traded in for ballads and prime real estate in the middle of the road. Children Collide haven’t matured however, they’ve expanded. Following up a ferociously smart debut with more of the same on second album Theory of Everything, these noisy boys have set to challenge themselves and their fans on their third record; Monument gets out of your face and into your head.

Gone are the pummelling cannon fire riffs of yore, replaced with jarring chords that haunt across loping bass lines. The rhythm section of Heath Crawley and the soon to depart Ryan Caesar is still ridiculously tight but underneath the washed out vocals and spare guitars they give the songs an air of menace rather than rocking bravado. Lyrically they are almost indecipherable and seem to serve only as an aesthetic addition to the moods of the instrumentation. This isn’t a slight on the songs though; Children Collide have pulled their punches only to reveal there were razors between their fingers.

Far from the single fest of their first record, Monument is better digested in one sitting, From the march of The Flat Earth to the droning guitars and (shock horror) gated reverb of closer Tired Eyes flows along smoothly, with rarely a hitch. Cherries, Sword To a Gunfight and Prussian Blue are the obvious relations to their more radio friendly festival bangers, but the real strengths are their more psychedelic endeavours.

The Mausoleum sees them leap out into abyss with guitars swirl across their post-punk influences, with no real aim in sight, they just spiral around before being snatched into the big empty; replaced by sparse and unconventional chord progressions akin to Syd era Pink Floyd. The records centre piece My Heart Came Alive is the best of both words. Its rapid fire drums underscore a repeated chorus, bludgeoning the listener, while the guitars and bass are still twisting and turning with their newfound psych leanings.

Their exploration of new sounds isn’t always smooth sailing though; Praying for Sunshine is cringe worthy, Johnny Mackay’s frog throated caterwauling distracts and annoys over a fairly middling new wave plodder. On the other hand, when the band makes an attempt to spark the venom of their early days on Sphere of Influence they don’t seem to put the heart in, making you wonder the point of its inclusion.

Where Monument succeeds is in proving that Children Collide are more than another shouty band from Melbourne. They have the potential for serious growth and evolution and have shown it in leaps and bounds on this record, without losing the identity they have forged on previous albums. With time this record grows to be a commanding sign of things to come and a testament to how they got there.


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gumbuoy

gumbuoy said on the 11th Apr, 2012

Gone are the pummelling cannon fire riffs of yore, replaced with jarring chords that haunt across loping bass lines.

Yeah, I'm out. Their 2nd album was enough of a dissapointment for me to skip this entirely.

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 11th Apr, 2012

Woah dere, that album was great.

Scooter mcgavin

Scooter mcgavin said on the 11th Apr, 2012

I also enjoyed their 2nd album, the first was excellent but the 2nd was not far behind. Have not heard much of this new one yet, though I was a tad dissapointed by the first single

Hinee

Hinee said on the 11th Apr, 2012

I thoroughly enjoyed theory of everything. This new one is apparently much darker again, should be interesting

Scooter mcgavin

Scooter mcgavin said on the 11th Apr, 2012

dark sounds interesting indeed

batdan

batdan said on the 11th Apr, 2012

Gone are the pummelling cannon fire riffs of yore, replaced with jarring chords that haunt across loping bass lines.

Yeah, I'm out.

That's how I felt about SFK when they lost their "rock".

I'm still keen to get this album.

gumbuoy

gumbuoy said on the 11th Apr, 2012

That's how I felt about SFK when they lost their "rock".

I'm still keen to get this album.

You should listen to Desert Lights - they got their rock back...sort of.

batdan

batdan said on the 11th Apr, 2012

Yeah I've been meaning to get that for ages.

benjiman1981

benjiman1981 said on the 16th Apr, 2012

The only reason I'm excited for this is because of Terrible Lizard. they played it live the first 2 times i saw them years ago and havent since. Such a good song.

shazie

shazie said on the 16th Apr, 2012

Terrible lizard is amazing. Only got to hear it the first gig of theirs I went to and I missed their Sydney show last year when they finally played it again :(

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 16th Apr, 2012

They've played Terrible Lizard everytime I have seen them.

shazie

shazie said on the 16th Apr, 2012



Wow lucky. Ive seen them about 8 times and only the first time heard them play it =/

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 16th Apr, 2012

To be fair, I saw them play heaps in support slots before their first record where they always played it and then have only seen them twice at their own headlining shows since.

shazie

shazie said on the 16th Apr, 2012

Yeah the first time I saw them was their support slot for The Living End in sep 2008. Didn't know who they were at the time and it was a a week before the album so I thought "can't wait to hear this(terrible lizard) again at their own shows!"

benjiman1981

benjiman1981 said on the 23rd Apr, 2012

Just listened to the album. heartbroken. besides terrible lizard its just so average. So radio friendly. and the lyrics are laughable. "I was contemplating Su-Su-Sudio and Iglesias just like Ju-Ju Julio." yeah no. just no.

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 23rd Apr, 2012

It's not as if their lyrics before hand were much better.

The version I reviewed didn't come with Terrible Lizard.

benjiman1981

benjiman1981 said on the 23rd Apr, 2012

yeah you're right. I still can't get over that CMYK RGB line in the last album. Oh well, after seeing them 20 times in the last 4 years I was bound to get bored.

squiffy

squiffy said on the 3rd May, 2012

'terrible lizard' is so boss. also really enjoying 'cherries' and 'my heart came alive'.

squiffy

squiffy said on the 13th May, 2012

album has really grown on me, very strong set of songs. one of my favourite lps of 2012 thus far.