Let me tell you, I sure to appreciate it when someone sends me a record to review. When they go that extra mile and actually send me a full album, that just makes it better. The real cherry on top is when said record is actually pretty good. This Johns album fulfills all of the above mentioned criteria.
I'm not going to say Grift Marks is a total home run, instant classic sort of a record. There are a few songs sprinkled throughout that don't really do it for me. These tend to be the slower ones where the vocals get a bit more shouty than I like, such as on "Thrust" and "The Blurry Tongue." I was never much of a hardcore guy, so when things start to take a turn in that direction, I tend to tune out a bit.
That being said, a solid chunk of this record is really strong. Johns are playing a darker guitar pop. I immediately think of bands like The Estranged or Nervosas when this is spinning. The guitar is dark and murky with a tendency to downstroke. The vocals have a little bit of static and definitely fall in the same range as what The Estranged dabbles in. They never quite hit that revered Red Dons territory on this record, but I can certainly see fans of all three bands I've mentioned being interested in Johns. Probably worth a listen below.
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