The British band, The Procession, has released two EPs in the past, and now their full length album has arrived, You Are Now Leaving the Future. I had the pleasure of reviewing their very first EP, Sometimes, and was excited to see how they’ve progressed. Unfortunately, I was a tad disappointed.
“Hot Off the Press” starts the album on frantic note. The vocals are raw, and there isn’t too much cohesion. Around the 3 minute mark, there’s an eerie quality (that I’m fond of) before it gets back to the frenzied mash up.
“Sun Comes Around” is a nice track that slows down the album and sounds a lot like Mae. The vocals are soothing, and the music is enjoyable. “Improv1” keeps with the mellower, steady sound. “Call You” increases speed in the intro and set the stage for what’s to come. The Procession surprises the listener with a female vocal duet and harmonizing on this track. The voices work very well together, making for a welcome switch up and nice experience.
“Lookout” somehow reminds me of The Rolling Stones. It has a nice little guitar piece at the end, but is way too little. At the end of “Running Home To You” there is an extraterrestrial sounding bit to reflect the album title; this is the lead-in to “Cease & Desist.” I have to say this is one of the neatest areas musically on You Are Now Leaving The Future.
However, the album seems a little confused on which path it wants to head down. The cohesiveness isn’t there. The CD starts with a rough, raw, punk rock sound, goes into a smoother, mellow sound, delves into a little bit of space rock, and goes down to ballad-ish stance before ending on alternative rock. The titles make listeners believe they’ll be embarking on a spacey rock journey, but end up being left wondering where they just went.
While I was looking forward to seeing where the band had progressed, I feel like I’m still just listening to a band in their garage. There is definitely talent there, but the drum work needs refining, and perhaps more of a spotlight on some guitar. The songs don’t really have any standout qualities to them, and in a world where bands come and go so quickly, that is a must if The Procession is going to proceed on the path to growth and success.
Key Tracks: Sun Comes Around, Call You, Cease & Desist
August 17, 2012