Album Review: Elway – Leavetaking

By on June 23, 2013

LeavetakingCover1500Released: June 25, 2013

Label: Red Scare

HHM Rating:

[xrr rating=3.5/5]

Have they heard of punk rock up in The Rocky’s? Elway are here to answer that question with a definite “yes,” in gang vocals. On their second LP, the Colorado quartet swing between jam band melody (pop punk ca. 2004) and riff-driven, vaguely emo aggression. Singer Tim Browne’s husky vocals can give Leavetaking a very down-to-earth, rock-from-the-sticks charm—or strike out in throaty opposition: sporadically urgent, over the Rise Against’ rhythm and heavy bass run of “Salton Sea.” The band don’t skimp on catchy hooks (“Ariel,” “Prophetstown”) and even go for a folky, acoustic ballad (“Montreal”). But punkier’ numbers like “One Flew West”—rocking minimalistic, like an existential Social D.—make it abundantly clear that Elway have something to say, and are ready to bring their sound down from the mountains. @MattCrane

Leavetaking is available for pre-order today.