Unreleased tracks may carry excessive flubs, something out of key, production quality below some standard. Years pass, maybe each mistake's shock erodes. Maybe, after separation, the songs even sound different, as if barrel aged. With a release, maybe listeners will look past any lack of musical hygiene and appreciate each song's intent.
Antbrain's Considered Less Than, production wise, sounds clearer than many contemporary self produced rock bands. Meaty guitars chug under saw wave synth and lead guitar flurry. The two singers trade lead duties, Dave Bonawits' casual, pretenseless tenor and Jiyoung Lee's smooth, polished, and alternatively wispy delivery. Altogether, their voices are authentic, nothing over affected or too theatrical.
In the opener, "Why Should I Care?", a jolting prelude revs into Bonawits' crescendos as he hits his higher register at the right frequencies. "George Remus" has a bombshell bass line so fuzzed out it's almost sonic crinkle. A really great sorrowful, warbly synth line floats thru "What's Wrong With You?" Finally, "Don't Let Me Go" stands out with a sudden minor switch in the chorus, a heart string tug, a feels good to be sad moment, Lee's trepidation amped up, dialed in.
Through power pop exterior (more The Nerves than "My Sharona"), and given Antbrain's release history, you can sense dedication, the group using indie rock as outlet, as pastime, as sketchbook. However imperfect Antbrain initially found the songs of Considered Less Than, these tracks are just too catchy, the songwriting too focused, the emotions captured too honest not to reconsider. Released 4/18/2019. Listen below and follow here.