I'm definitely seeing something of a late surge of great records as the year starts to wind down. We had Remnants yesterday and today we have Racquet Club. While you may not know the band name Racquet Club quite yet, you probably have heard of the main players in the band. Blair Shehan (Knapsack, The Jealous Sound) and Sergie Loobkoff (Knapsack, Samiam) are back together and they've created a real beast of an album with Racquet Club's debut.
I actually think it sits somewhere in the middle of Knapsack and Jealous Sound. The album doesn't quite hit the emotional heights of Knapsack. There isn't as much heaven shattering screaming and it's generally a bit more low key. That being said, it's miles better than Jealous Sound, delivering significantly more intensity and passion, particularly when it comes to the vocals. While he doesn't yell quite as much as I would like, Blair does unleash those pipes from time to time when the song calls for it.
The album is consistently mid tempo for the bulk of the duration, but the band is still able to capture that lightning in a bottle energy. The songs are all tremendously constructed bringing together a knack for pop hooks, while keeping things serious and kind of bleak. It's a really interesting balance and I'm not sure many bands would be able to pull it off. If it's not clear from my ramblings, I really love this record. It will certainly vying for the top spot in my album of the year list when I finally start putting that together.
Racquet Club - S/T LP: