You don’t need chains to be enslaved. Shackled to our mobile devices, social networks and the world wide web, we as humans have lost touch somewhat with our own selves. Revolting against this newfound infatuation in the age of immediacy that we thrive in Don Broco stand against the arrival of Technology, not in a literal sense but quite the opposite in a far more frightening and real ideology that has become commonplace in our ironic world of “social” media.
Don Broco’s secret weapon has always laid in their absolute genius songwriting. Combining interesting dynamics, each member of the band is being used entirely independently yet remaining in the band make up. Forming the backbone of their drip fed brilliant single’s. Throughout the record Damiani’s voice contrasts with Donnelly’s soprano moments beautifully blocking and parrying each other. It’s a killer combination that is not only identikit but entirely different owing to their contrasting tones, exhibited perfectly within the twisting “Tightrope”.
“¥” for example brings Tom Doyle‘s expert use of Bass guitar into the limelight and arguably the anchor for that inescapable groove that comes with the band. Though for all of Doyle’s groove, Delaney’s killer licks, slowly build each song to their chorus crescendo. Stand out moment for the album and arguably of their career to date lies in “T-Shirt Song“. Following a pre-chorus that drops out leaving Damiani solo with a piano before the entire band come in with an absolutely fantastic melody increasing tension until it’s grand finale chorus where we’re greeted by trumpets, keys and all sorts. It’s an absolutely genius song and a shining example in songwriting.
Immediately demanding the listeners attention “Technology” hooks the listener in with its boot stomping sensibility leaning towards semi Rage Against The Machine inspired tendencies also exhibited in “Porkies“. Taking a backseat, Donelly takes the reins on the Americana inspired “Come Out To LA” bringing an interesting change of contrast proving that Donelly is an essential component in the band. Much of Technology brings the band forward into their very own world, save for the U2 beckoning “Got To Be You” where I was waiting for a Bono to pop out or the seemingly out of place “Something To Drink“. Dealing with the very real issues of the modern day from the likes of Brexit style racism on “Pretty” or the very real realisation that the band have reached the upper echelon on “Everybody” Technology is a record that speaks of all sorts of different worlds. Its this sense of realism that brings Don Broco into the very real world of the now and makes Technology no doubt one of the years highlights and something you won’t want to miss out on.
Rating : 4 / 5