By: Jenni Mehlenbacher
I had impassable writers block when I first sat down to review
this CD, until I realized how similar it was to my live concert
experience. Ive been a fan of the
Exies for several years, but, until recently, had never seen
them play. Various people in the know assured me that the band was
great live and that the concert and new cd would be worth my wait.
I never doubted anyone. Still, the anticipation was killing me.
When I finally got to see this band at a local club, I was floored.
Some artists warm up a few songs into their set, but the Exies were
"on" from the start. They hit the stage with such an intensity
that grabbed the listeners, taking them through a range of songs
that displayed the bands versatile talent; the energy level
didnt let up until it was all over. I left that night wondering
what had just happened to me, and more importantly, when could I
do it again??
Although this album is the Exies Virgin
Records debut, the LA-based foursome are seasoned rock veterans
with a previous release on Ultimatum
Music. One old song, Lo-Fi, was re-recorded for this
album. But the Exies dont dwell on their past. Inertia
opens with an explosive track, My Goddess, the albums
first single. Without getting into the definition of inertia, Ill
just say that the album definitely gets me going. A few tracks like
My Goddess, No Secrets, and Calm and Collapsed
are very guitar-driven rock reminiscent of the Foo
Fighters. The music is infectious and energizing. Insert your
own adjectives, all I know is that by the end of the first chorus,
Im singing along to every word.
There are a few softer
tracks, like Irreversible, which for the most part allows
a simple instrumentation to get out of the way of singer/guitarist
Scott Stevenss melody. Stevens, bassist Freddie Herrera, drummer
Dennis Wolfe, and guitarist David Walsh all took part in writing
for Inertia. Creeper Kamikaze is truly haunting, building
slowly to a full orchestra and searing guitar. String arrangements
for Creeper and Genius were written by the albums
producer, Matt Serletic (Matchbox Twenty, Angie Aparo). Many songs
seem to share a theme of personal growth -- examining things you
have come to know and deciding if you truly believe in them -- and
sometimes, moving on. The title track sings: This is the time
when all things old will pass / inertia comes around / to push me
closer than Ive ever been, where new things will be found
/ this is my chance to let go of the past, at last. There
are no printed lyrics in the cd booklet, which has sparked at least
one heated debate on the bands message board. The Exies prefer
to leave their music open for interpretation - it means whatever
you think it means to you.
My biggest complaint
is that the album is too short. At just over 35 minutes, Inertia
leaves me craving more. I guess thats just what the Exies
do to me.
Exies have toured with 30 Seconds to Mars, SR-71, Trapt, Stage,
and will continue supporting Everclear throughout May. They will
join Finch and the Used for the MTV Campus Invasion rock tour.