Release Date: Jun 2, 2015
Record label: Equal Vision
Review Summary: Far from being rock’s saviors, but surely Wikipedia worthy now!There’s been a lot of hyperbole concerning “the death of rock music” and bands “saving rock’n’roll” of late, and while most of the talk borders on nonsense, wouldn’t it be great if an act such as I the Mighty could revitalize this much-loved genre? In truth, the San Franciscan quartet are far from being the super-heroes that will save our day (you would at least need a Wikipedia page for that), but one could argue that their style of music takes in such a broad cross-section of sub-genres, that it should theoretically attract a large audience. Just remember that even following the 2003 release of ‘Absolution’, no-one thought that Muse would be filling stadiums just a few years later. And while I the Mighty don’t exactly sound like the English trio, they actually share many of that band’s traits… A fact highlighted by their excellent third LP ‘Connector’.
Continuing the tried and true works well enough on I The Mighty's second full-length, Connector, but the moments that shine brightest occur when the band flips the script. Sure, that familiar melodic aggression yields some son-of-Satori bangers like “Lady Of Death” and “Adrift,” both strengthened by smarter songwriting and more focus on guitarist Ian Pedigo. But what’s surprising is the band’s newfound pop sensibilities: A hum-worthy hook atop catchy synths makes "Slow Dancing Forever" hypnotic, while "(No) Faith In Fate" goes further with a lightning-fast verse melody and bouncy chorus.