Lochness Monster Looks Ahead to Working for a Future

By Deuce

“Running Away”, the second of four songs assembled on Lochness Monster’s forthcoming EP, Working for a Future, (dropping February 3) has all the makings of a hit song. The intro for this affair is nothing less than trill, with what sounds like tubed guitars and the bass wailing away while the listener eagerly anticipates what direction the track will go next.

Before you know it they’ve broken out with a solid drum pattern, which is most likely played live but incorporates the best elements of a programmed one in terms of the quality of the mix and even how the drums are engineered. Best of all, there’s a rhythm guitar on here that is simply meant to be, skipping along over the drums and a well timed bass line.

It’s easily the sort of number you can put your head into, transcending conventional rock into something much more accessible and mainstream in terms of potential radio play. It’s also representative of this EP in a couple different ways.

Firstly, it illustrates the band’s penchant for switching things up, dramatically, when they reach the two minute warning. The song’s key, drum pattern, bass, and everything abruptly shifts focus to ensure you’re actually paying attention.

Plus, “Away” is drenched in the expressive vocals of lead singer Bruce Donaldson, who has a way of hitting high notes and coasting atop the music that’s memorable and evocative of whatever effect he’s going for at the moment. When that happens to be pathos, which is the case on the collection’s opener “Glass Jar”, it’s best to watch out.

Lyrically he’s pining for “more of the love/more of the hate/more of the words we never could say/more of the time we spent in darkness” if you can dig that. Plus the verses are built around a quirky, possibly triplet-based drum pattern that’s difficult to discern which way it’s headed—which doesn’t bother the rabid electric guitars and bass at all from rocketing full force. This song truly rages, and it’s not just because of the way Donaldson is hitting those high notes.

“Atlas” is a more upbeat affair which also typifies the collection in that no matter how deep things get during the cuts, the foursome always seem to leave you with a sense of hope. That’s certainly much needed as we all go about Working for a Future.

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