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Sky Eats Airplane
Self-titled sophomore album

Review by Diana Galban

       I clearly remember the first time I came across Sky Eats Airplane. I was stopped at a red light and the car in front of me had a sticker on its bumper. The band’s name caught my attention, and when I actually gave them a listen, they sounded like a lovechild between Pg. 99 and PlayRadioPlay!

       That was then, this is now. SEA released their self-titled sophomore album under Equal Vision Records on July 22. The cleaner, crisp sound is a big departure from the rougher, more amateur Nintendo-core style of Everything Perfect on the Wrong Day.

       An "Introduction" track starts off the record with the Horse the Bandsound that SEA is known for—electronic effects with apocalyptic drumming and noisy static—and transitions into "Long Walks on Short Bridges" with softer vocals. Drastic changes in musical styles, from fast and heavy to lighter and more cohesive, are introduced and continued throughout the record.

       "World Between Us" contains the perfect blend of everything this new album is about. However, the electronic Mac-created sounds laced smoothly with frontman Jerry Roush’s deep growling vocals don’t last for long. Switching between Roush’s surprisingly melodic voice and his heavier screaming unexpectedly at random parts of this track can get a bit overwhelming. I secretly wished he would sing in that nice melodic way all the time.

For fans who fear SEA has drowned with this record, structure and a twist in vocals are no crime.

       My prayers were answered with "In Retrospect" as there is no screaming and just harmonious singing through the whole track, paired with sad, heartbroken lyrics. "The Artificial" follows with a heavy metal vibe the former track lacked.

       The two tracks before the last in this record are the heaviest, with themes reminiscent of those in Everything Perfect. "Disconnected" has Kenny Schick’s best drumming and takes me back to that Pg. 99 and Converge vibe I had felt from SEA in the first place. "Machines" is this album’s most epic track, with drumming that escalates into madness and brilliant riffs. Lee Duck and Zack Ordway shine in "Alias." The guitar work is perfection and wraps up Sky Eats Airplane nicely.

       For fans who fear SEA has drowned with this record, structure and a twist in vocals are no crime. The new album represents a more developed style from a band who will continue to provide us with our best air drumming and a daily dose of road rage.

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