Come on, Serge, you promised no rants today.
Feral Conservatives are a three-piece from Virginia Beach, VA (USA) that aims to revive the joyful alternative sound of the nineties. 'Here's To Almost' is their second album, one that truly succeeds in its goal. The eleven tracks are uplifting pieces of folk based indie pop, including some decent ballads; some potential sing-alongs and a good slab of energy. Feral Conservatives seem ready to conquer the festival stages next summer.
The album opens with the uptempo rocker 'Round The Corner', reminding me of something between The Lemonheads and The Cranberries. It's followed by the first highlight of the record, the possible audience-favorite, 'Complacent'. This is probably the most catchy and smiles-causing song on this album. 'Last Light' even adds some radio-hit quality to the whole and is simply a strong piece of work.
That being said, it seems like the songs slowly grow on the listener. The first time I listened to this album I quite liked it but didn't really see the true quality, possibly because I was doing other stuff at the same time. Gradually however, the songs started showing their true potential and their variation. At first, their all elementary indie-rock songs but after a few listens there are some awe-inspiring piece of music to be found.
Apart from jangling indie rock, there are pieces of post-punk and grunge to be found. Often the drums feel a bit Joy Division or even Sisters Of Mercy while the vocals take on a very different turn. Rashie Rosenfarb's vocals vary quite a bit too, which adds a lot of credibility to this act. On 'Pacific Child' she easily reaches Cranberries capacity, on 'Little Pieces' she nudges towards Kate Bush and on 'Logan's Song' she suddenly smashes out some Melt Banana like stuff.
So yes, this is quite an interesting album, one that surprised me in a very good way today. The only downside is the fact that the music feels warm, comfortable and joyful while outside it is cold, grim and gloomy. Now I'm longing for summer and for good music and friendly festivals. I sure hope Feral Conservatives will show up one some of them in the near future.