3345 Music (2015)
Last year I was sent the first By Default By Design 7". I didn't like it and gave it quite the shellacking (or schlonging if you prefer) here. I guess that didn't discourage the fellow behind the music to send me his next 7", Rise. Amazingly, this might even be worse.
By Default By Design is still working with the worst sounding guitar tone known to man. Not quite acoustic and not quite electric, but rather a combination that somehow highlights the worst elements of both. On top of that, on this 7" he seems to have forgotten how to sing. A-side "Rise" is delivered in the goddamn weirdest falsetto you've ever heard. You would almost think it's a Ween joke song if not for the heavy handed, over sentimentality of the lyrics. Then if you flip this to the B-side "Beautiful Boy" he's just whispering the entire song.
This is terrible. I can appreciate that this guy is psyched about having a kid, but I don't need to be beaten over the head with that while listening to a 7". I see from the By Default By Design Bandcamp page that this guy is working on a full length. I've never said this before, but please don't send it to me. You'll just waste a copy and money on postage. I don't want to listen to a full album of stuff like this. I appreciate you sending what you have, but I think at this point we should agree to disagree.
By Default By Design - Rise 7":