If people weren't flocking to Dads after Pretty Good, they'll definitely be doing so now. As they continue jamming indie rock with emo and punk, what they manage to paint yet again is another heartfelt sketch on family and loss. I'll Be The Tornado is highly focused, driven and a record that never seems content. A lot of this comes down to John Bradley's words -- and he's never sounded as hungry and angsty as this, which makes the songs resonate that much more.
It’s apt that a human ear graces the cover of Dad’s sophomore full-length I’ll Be the Tornado, as this is something that you will want to gather around and listen closely to. Consisting of the New Jesery-based duo of Scott Scharinger on vocals and guitar and John Bradley on drums, vocals and guitar, this follow-up to 2013’s Pretty Good EP rewards repeated listening. Full of hooky ‘90s-style indie rock anthems, there appears to be a narrative thread that runs throughout the album, one of longing, one of wanting to belong.
About midway through Dads’ sophomore LP I’ll Be the Tornado, drummer/vocalist John Bradley yelps, “I want to be happy/ But I’m holding myself back. ” As with most of his words here, they’re plainspoken, instantly quotable and derive power from context. For the New Brunswick duo, Dads is their life if not necessarily a living—to juxtapose the tremendous emotional investment and inherent triviality of such a lot, Bradley asks, “If I can’t even afford a grave for myself/ Then why am I so afraid of dying alone?” As with most in their situation, Dads justify things by placing a lot of importance on the actions of those closest to them and their interactions with these people, i.