Announcing the self-titled debut from Montreal’s Think About Life. Think About Life have been causing panic on dance floors and concert halls alike since the word began to spread quicker than avian flu following their first couple of shows. After just a few gigs, they were personally invited by Wolf Parade to be their support act during last year’s autumn tour.
Think About Life bring the party like no other band currently operating in Montreal area. This recording, much like their live show, consists largely of party anthems from start to finish. The trio keeps things short and sweet with 34 minutes of high-energy action and no filler.
The band is led by Graham Van Pelt, a multi-instrumentalist, recording studio proprietor and one of the main organizers behind Montreal’s super hip party-palace, the Friendship Cove. Matt Shane is on drums and also contributes artwork alongside the work of Montreal’s own master of portraits and illustrations Jack Dylan. Vocal duties are led by Martin Cesar, main man behind Dishwasher and formerly Donkey Heart’s front person, and shared by Shane and Van Pelt.
Think About Life’s debut recording is riddled with catchy, memorable, energy-loaded pop songs, making it difficult to pick a favourite. The album opens with the very positive and spirited “Paul Cries”, with the anthem-style lyrics “Put on your shoes and your clothes, get set, get set for life, get set, get set for life”, backed by a feverish rhythm track. “Commander Riker’s Party” is one of the most abrasive cuts on the record led by Martin’s gritty vocals. This track has much more of post-punk vibe than other cuts and comes off like a mixture of TV on the Radio and Liars minus all the doom and gloom. Potentially the biggest hit on this record is the incredibly catchy “Serious Chords” a number that has even the stiffest of sorts shaking like a leaf in the wind. Serious chords are exactly what makes this cut so great: Van Pelt lays down some of the catchiest keyboards ever, backed with excellent vocal harmonizing solidified with super tight percussion. “What the Future Might Be” stands out due to guest star appearance from L.A.’s Subtitle. This guy has been spending quite a bit a time in Montreal and making all the right connections. The more upbeat tempo of Think About Life suit the rapper nicely.
The artwork on this debut is absolutely stunning and guaranteed to standout in record shops everywhere.