Record Review

Sweet Myths – Rorschach Record Review

April 3, 2019

This record came at just about a perfect time to review, as I’ve been on a real kick lately of listening to latin fusion or latin inspired music. Living in San Diego, there is definitely a lot of it. Today, I’m here to talk to you about the latest release from a four-piece called Sweet Myths, a band that definitely isn’t afraid to draw from a wide range of influences in cultivating their diverse indie sound.

Sweet Myths describes themselves as an avant-garde indie band, and I feel that is an accurate way to talk about their music. Their new record, Rorscach, is an absolute reflection of that and displays an immensely cultured creative style. Audible influences like early 2000s east coast indie rock and latin guitar riffs/rhythms come together in songs like “False God” and “Disco Doghouse”, while you can make out the band playing around with math-rock and jazzy jamming in “Fall In Line”. The large variety of clear (and probably unclear, as well) musical influences contained in this record are part of what make it special and on a larger scale, part of what makes San Diego such an incredible city. The rhythm section, however, is what really makes this record for me. Not to say that the lyrical content, vocals, or anything else is lacking; because that isn’t the case. But personally, the beats and flow of Rorscach are my favorite part, with my favorite song on the record being “Disco Doghouse”.

If you would like to check out Rorscach out the Sweet Myths discography for yourselves, you can find them on bandcamp or on Spotify. To keep tabs on what they’re up to, you can follow them on Facebook or on Instagram @SweetMyths. Their next show is on June 6, 2019 at Winston’s in Ocean Beach. Thanks for looking and remember to #SupportTheScene!

– Ari

Record Review

Plane Without A Pilot – Just Another Unsung Tragedy Album Review

May 15, 2018

San Diego has a long, rich history with the pop-punk genre, beginning in the 90’s and continuing into the present day with no sign of letting up or slowing down. The genre and those who celebrate it take up a large part of the music scene and are certainly some of the most active when it comes to mutual support among themselves. Plane Without A Pilot are certainly no exception to any of that; they are the first to arrive at a show and the last ones to leave. They clearly have a passion and dedication to local music coupled with a respect for the musicians giving their time and effort to an audience. That same passion is evident in their latest record, Just Another Unsung Tragedy.

Released on April 27, the eleven song album is definitely consistent all the way through with deeply personal and situational lyrics, catchy upbeat riffs paired with pleasing melodies, and their own brand of pop-punk/rock that has a unique sound to the typical formula one might find in many other songs of a similar genre or style. In my opinion, the lyrical content is what stands out as the vehicle to take you through the record from start to finish. The stories within the songs are universally understood and, in some cases, a contrast to the energy of the rhythm in a great way. The standout songs on this record for me are the title track (“Just Another Unsung Tragedy”) and the second to last track (“Hanging By a Thread”). Both songs contain some of my favorite riffs/melodies on the record. “You Got Me” is also definitely a noteworthy, high energy song. If you enjoy bands like The Rocket Summer or have a penchant for late 90’s/early 00’s pop-punk, these guys are definitely worth a listen. You can check out their latest record, Just Another Unsung Tragedy, by clicking this link to their bandcamp page. You can also find them on Spotify and iTunes.

Plane Without A Pilot is playing their next show at Punk Goes 80’s Pop, presented by Rocktoc at 710 Beach Club on May 27, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. The lineup also includes Infinite Signals, Chasing Claymores, Ready Set Survive, and The Montell Jordans. You can purchase tickets here for $7.00 or at the door for $10.00. All proceeds will go to Feeding San Diego. See you at the show!

– Ari