The Letter: The Family Cheese is a friend in the form of an album
Posted on 28 November, 2016 by Team Wishberry
Hello Cheese boys,
Hope you had a cheesy lunch today as a family.
Bad puns are probably not the best way to start a letter, but hey, you started an album with a fun song. So, you started it.
I will be honest here; letters are supposed to be. I had only heard of you before this, but had, unfortunately, not heard your music. Well, in retrospect it seems like a proper loss of the ‘I should’ve met you earlier’ kinds. Thankfully, you did with The Family Cheese.
So we will just move to that. The purpose of this letter is to let you know what I thought about the album. So, here goes.
The Rap Medley or The Bawa Rap went pretty viral. It is probably not the best song on the record, but it is definitely the catchiest. The beat is pretty groovy, the lyrics are wacky, and the rap is pretty decent. I will look at it as the fruit of your labour over the span of the band’s life, received in terms of the popularity for this song.
B.O.O.B is insane, in a good way. I really like how it borders on thrash metal in between. It is an incredible jam, this instrumental. I am almost glad how you guys have kept it as long as it is, making it groovy, then suddenly moving into a dark place which then remains a theme more or less throughout. It goes down to being barenaked drums, and then slowly picks up with some cool riffs on the guitar. Post which, despite being a minimalistic setup, it sounds almost orchestral. The outro fucked with my head for a bit in the beginning, but boy, did it sound good!
I like the laidback underlining of U.N.I.R. It has that left of centre meets soft rock meets ballad feel. This one moves like a wave almost. It picks up, goes higher, drops slow but deep into nothing, and then picks up really hard as if it just consumed half a carton of Red Bull. The guitar solo is simply a classic with a tinge of carnatics, and that is absolutely fitting for a song like this.
I think with Sometimes All You Need Is A Good Friend, you have nailed it in terms of lyrics. Coupled with the mellow, nice, yet sad instrumentation, it is, for me, the best track on the album. I say this very less about ballad-y songs. The violin (?) used in the bridge takes the song to a greater level. It is put in there very craftily.
Like I said, the lyricism is brilliant on this one. My favourite line being - Sometimes people break, but never bend. And yes, sometimes we all do need a friend, like this album.
Oh, you smart people. Lala and its high tempo opening comes as a awesome fucking surprise after Sometimes All You Need Is A Good Friend’s nice vibes. The use of double bass on the drums and that kickass fucking guitar tone gives a sugar rush like energy to the teenager in me. The riffs are crazy, and I love how the drums on the outro. This song deserves an end like that. Also, it serves as a great leeway into how heavy things are about to get in the next song.
The metal intro of Stories Of The Places You’ve Never Been is something which I partially saw coming. There were hints of heavy in some parts of the previous songs. You almost took this song into the darker side of metal on the verses, both with the instrumentation and the lyrics. I admire how this one never really sticks to being a certain kind of song, ranging from starting off really heavy to going slightly softer like an old school rock song around the chorus. And then again in the bridge it gets heavy and dark as fuck with that bass taking the initiative, and back to a nice little rock song towards the end.
Blue and Pissed Off brings out the groovy side of things to the fore again. It might say pissed off in the title, and the opening riffs might even sound like that to some, but the groove, baby, makes it a song to dance to. The bluesy guitar solo takes the song home, man! This one is my second favourite song on the record and it is all because of how the song progresses taking everything along.
The superbly layered guitars in The Cheese make it a joyous experience. This one is pulled forward by the guitars, for me, and the way they do it is commendable. I like the effects you guys have employed. They remind me of Zeppelin and Floyd and their antiques with equipment. Especially the spacey, hauntingly beautiful part in between which has Jimmy Page written all over it. And trust me, he would be proud. But, when you pull out those effects the second time around, they do not sound like the first time, and that is an incredible feat. To not sound similar in the same song.
One of the best things about this album is the way the songs are placed. It kept me going even more inquisitively than I already was. That makes a huge difference when one is listening to the album in its entirety and you guys have truly nailed that. I call this album a friend because it has all those things which true friends do - slapstick, angst, joy, sadness. It is, indeed, a friend in the form of an album.