Synth-pop throwbacks serve up much more than a nostalgia trip.
La Resistance's synth-heavy guitar pop recalls 1980s bands like The Cure, Tears For Fears and Jesus Jones, but the band avoids a nostalgia trip by fielding hook-filled songs with catchy vocals and a strong melodic sense. Hailing from Birmingham, Alabama, the band is the very antithesis of "Southern rock". Frontman Greg Summerlin has established his songwriting chops with a series of solo albums, and expanding his sound to include a band has increased the sonic possibilities of his peculiar, pop-shoe-grunge soundscapes. Killer tune "Understanding" layers scratchy guitar, piles of keyboards and nyah-nyah vocals into an irresistible confection. With song titles like "Isolation", "Pain" and "Loathing", the prevailing mood on Philosophy isn't exactly cheery. However, there's enough rock 'n' roll attitude here to avoid an angst-fest, and some moments are positively chipper.