Winchester Revival are a band your friend tries to get you into when you’re drunk. Why? Well, for one thing, they are easy-listening rock with a variety of different “woo” and “hoo” breakdowns, but they also contain a secret glisten after second sober listenings.
There are Radiohead droplets spouting from their delay-reverberated Interpol sessions. There is even a sense of mainstream playability in their music, rocking with the ability to transform from arena rock to psychedelia-sure bar band. I think that one of the strongest things about their track list is that it is able to take on many forms, broadening to the intellectual with poetry hits and tampering the ear with FX box whenever necessary.
David Rosenheim, the lead singer of the group, has the vocal mark of an early 2000’s American pop-rocker. For much of this record, he croons along with his bandmates, wailing in a world of washout distortion and bounce-around-the-room lingering guitar delay.
On Burden’s Landing, Winchester Revival punch out enough energy for about five of their six tracks, straggling with a sense of slow-cooked guitar riffs and the usual electric instrumentation. “Last Night in Tokyo” is a great starting point for the album, showing their commercial side and even the afferent power of guitarist Andrew Lund.
My favorite track on the album is without a doubt “Diligence.” The riffing and wordplay are at peak levels, mixing together light indie romp with hints of chilled roller rink boogie. One part of the song seems to sink deep within itself, linking along the drums, bass, and guitar flawlessly into a fuddled frenzy of power pop. Some critics have linked them to shoegaze, but that’s not the case in my opinion.
Winchester Revival are able to slow their music, rev it to an unstoppable dance brigade, and stay inside their own workable format. They sing about escaping, leaving life for the weekend, trying their hardest to stay who they are within a world of jaded ages and labels. “Keep It Together” is a genesis of persisting forward through the same old toil and struggle. The effects really pay off for this track, making the simple mantra become a medley of groove by the end of it all.
Then, it stumbles into “Salamander,” a song that goes on for a bit too long. With “Salamander, Salamander!” scream sessions shoved in between its copulated eruption, the track loses a simplicity and gains an eccentric ridiculousness. Not only taking away from the track, but taking away from the entire momentum of the album.
From there on is “Ice Water,” rippling echoes of the The Killers but popping out just a bit too late to save the resident flow. While there is experimentation, Burden’s Landing ends up biting off more than it can swallow for a a single six track listening. Winchester Revival are able to show who they are, but only do that. Hopefully their next album is able to show off just how likeable they are.