Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Review -- BENT -- Super Heavy Double Insulated


I am continually impressed with the quality of music coming out of Saskatoon. It’s obvious the city has a vibrant music culture which is taking full advantage of the current technologies allowing bands to more easily record to take their music past the local clubs.
Add Bent to that list.
Super Heavy Double Insulated is Bent’s second disk, but appears the first to get a serious push by the band, including being the impetus for the creation of the band’s website. Check it out at
Musically, this band is in the current rock pocket, where they show a good understanding of using energy to get their music across to the listener.
Reuben Coleman is the band’s lead vocalist, and he leads the energy, and exhibits a vocal style that fits the music to a ‘T’.
Scott Pilling and Mike Semchuk add guitar work, which of course is the foundation of the style. Brennan Risling on bass and Derek Bachman on drums, provide the backbeat, and give the music the pacing to have listeners keeping time.
The disk has a dozen cuts, and Bent does a good job of hitting the road running here, and maintaining things from the start of the album through to it close, not always an easy thing for a band showing such energy in their music.
While the disk as a whole is very solid, a few cuts edge above the rest. The top cuts include Practical Casting, Livestock Warning, and Kill the Bees.
This is definitely a band and a disk worth connecting with. Grab it, you will like it.

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Nov. 25, 2009 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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