Disq – Collector

Remember the times you’ve spent, dreading your days after graduation? Stuck with job prospects that don’t make sense, following a path that looks bleak and uninspiring (a 9-5 job? Seriously?). 

Disq’s new album Collector has all of that in spades as it takes you through the angst and apathy that comes with growing up in middle America. Filled with a wry sense of humor and self-awareness, Isaac deBroux-Slone delivers strong insight into the increasingly disillusioned youth of today. With brilliant indie and alternative rock tunes that dips into a wide range of styles from beatles-esque riffs to garage punk tunes, Raina Bock (bass), Shannon Connor (guitar/keys), Logan Severson (guitar/vocals) and Brendan Manley (drums) deliver a solid offering that distinguishes these 20-somethings as a force to look out for.

“Daily Routine” starts with the dread of facing the monotony of the daily grind. Slone’s charming vocal melodies and the glittering heavy guitars around it questions the life that they’re about to face as he sings “I thought it looked better inside a dream”. The arrangement is anything but juvenile, it displays the band’s mastery of the rock-and-roll genre, as they masterfully blend 60’s hard-rock with pop, making it familiar but fresh.

“D19” is an ode to a microphone. Dressed up as a cliche love song, this endearing tribute to an inanimate object is a tongue-in-cheek play on pop conventions. It’s catchy and infectious melody will get stuck in your head and make you remember the best gear you’ve ever used, and that devastating feeling when they inevitably break down.

The band dives deep as the guitars take on a nostalgic vibe in “Loneliness”. Slone’s voice captures the feeling of longing for something but not really being ready to have it as he sings “’Cause all I wanted was some loneliness / Guess I’ll have plenty of it soon.”

“Trash” takes on an almost folk-rock style, again displaying their versatility. The song questions the sentimental value we put on things and why we hold on to them so dearly.

“I Wanna Die” showcases their chops with an absolute banger of a riff. The guitars intertwine with classic-rock madness and grit, the vocals are filled with apathy and frustration and a guitar solo ties up this masterpiece. One that could take these guys from relative obscurity and off to the big leagues (If they’re not there already). I want ten more of these please, seriously.  

Disq displays an expertise that can only come from proficiency in diverse genres. You can’t lump them up to just a power pop group, they certainly have the prowess to do so much more. Each track has a 90’s nostalgia attached to it but the subject matter for each song is very timely, something that listeners of many age groups could see themselves in.

This is a group you should look out for. Collector gives us hope for the future. I can say for certain to every Boomer out there that it’s okay, The kids are fine.

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