The Sovran - 2011 - No Song For A Non-Generation
1. Revolution #10
2. Under The Flash
5. Looking For
6. Hell Yeah!
7. One Million Horses
8. Rock N' Roll Robber
10. The Sovran Is Dead
After weeks of anticipation, I got my very own copy of the mystery Logic(il)logic release No Song For A Non-Generation. The Sovran was presented through various press releases, but didn't really show me fully what the band and album was about. Needless to say, my hunger to get into this one was great once I popped it in the stereo the first time.The first thing that was crystal clear to me after just seconds into "Revolution #10", is that these guys opted for a damn clean production, I mean it's just spotless. The big danger in those cases, is that the power of the music suffers under all the fine-tuning of the sound.
All things considered, this isn't really the case for The Sovran. It takes a few spins to get used to the clean vocals and the layers in the music, but the result turns out to be a great piece of alternative punky pop rock.
I do mention punky, since the lyrics suggest a strong influence of that genre, without taking the music to a simplistic level. The riffs and hooks are built to create tension and structure that are sort of contrasting with the softer vocals, but it's a unique way of working that works for an attentive listener.
There's hints of Gluecifer and The B-52s that are very apparent after the first two songs already, but not in a blind-copy way. "Under The Flash" thrives on an energy that can't be matched with either of the great bands I mentioned, so clearly The Sovran are doing a good job at mixing their influences with their own style.
Over the length of the entire album, you get songs that please people on every level of listening. With a half ear, you get crisp pop rock songs that are easy to move to, but when paying more attention to the songs, you get a much worked-on album that can give you hours worth of analyzing.
It's the continuous, almost monotonous guitar work in "Detonation", the Scandinavian-like lead lick that's woven all across "Machine", and so many more typical Sovran pieces that create an original record that can't be shoved into one box.
I could give a brief description of what's so listen-worthy in each song, but the list would just go on. What I can give, are my personal favorites: "Under The Flash", "One Million Horses" and "The Sovran Is Dead".
The Sovran is a powerhouse of easy-to-the-ear riffs, uptempo drum and bass backbone, drenched in sing-along lyrics brought in a way you haven't heard before. For lovers of the more alternative side of rock, without ever being artsy-fartsy, this is your album of the year!