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In a recent interview with Hysteria, Movements’ vocalist Patrick Miranda spoke about the group’s forthcoming third album Ruckus, stating that his mentality going into the release was to think, “fuck it … I’m going to write whatever it is that I’m feeling and just go with it.”
And he really did. Not only does the group’s newest effort stray far away from the melancholic emo sound that Movements cut their teeth on for their first two releases, it melds aspects from a variety of different genres, era’s and styles, delivering a sound that works as a combination of early noughties indie-rock acts such as The Fray, The Strokes and The Gorillaz merged with the modernistic post-hardcore edge of favourites such as Title Fight and Circa Survive.
And while that may sound like a mishmash of genres that are mutually exclusive from each other, Movements have managed to pull it off in a way that feels both natural and cohesive. Killing Time delicately balances sharp, twangy riffs alongside sluggish grunge basslines and anthemic pop hooks. I Hope You Choke utilises choirs to drill in its punchy choruses, adding a powerful backing behind Miranda’s vocals as he impressively bounces between singing and screaming. While Heaven Sent, further pushes the group’s sound by boasting indie surf-rock riffs, Strokes-esque key arrangements and upbeat grooves that bleed into powerfully uplifting choruses.
Ruckus doesn’t just showcase Movements’ propensity to push the boundaries of their own sound, it opens up a wealth of exciting and left of centre directions that other acts can also to head in
Its standout moment, however, comes in the form of Fail You, which sees the group flawlessly balance off-kilter math-rock rhythms with disco-punk percussive grooves and soaring crescendos, creating frenzied whirlwinds of soundscapes as it rises and falls in tempo. It may well be one of the most exciting emo-rock albums to be released this year. Ruckus doesn’t just showcase Movements’ propensity to push the boundaries of their own sound, it opens up a wealth of exciting and left of centre directions that other acts can also to head in, helping to push the scope of modern day emo-rock further than anything we’ve come across in recent years.
STANDOUT TRACKS: Fail You, Heaven Sent, I Hope You Choke
STICK THIS NEXT TO: Title Fight, Fiddlehead, Militarie Gun