Release Date: Apr 14, 2017
Record label: Cinematic Music Group
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Noise Pop, Shoegaze
It took a long time for Splashh to make their second album, three years filled with false starts and changes of direction, but the end result sounds like the perfect follow-up to their promising debut, Comfort. All the energy and guitar overload from that album is present on Waiting a Lifetime, only with the addition of tighter songs, a more interesting batch of arrangements, and enough hooks to last a lifetime. Kicking off with the raging rocker "Rings," which features some very grungy guitars, the album hits hard and fast before dialing down a bit for some songs that show off the quartet's skill at making melancholy indie rock.
It would have been easy for Splashh to have made the same album again. It also would have been totally OK for them do so; debut 'Comfort' oozed the kind of sun-kissed, easy-on-the-ears sound that's as instantly satisfying now as it was three-and-a-half years ago. But why take the easy route? From the off, 'Waiting A Lifetime' feels like a natural progression, but as much as it overlaps its predecessor, it's equally clear the band are heading in a fresh direction: the positively mind-bending drum loops and fuzz-soaked guitars that propel opener 'Rings' are an immediate sign that they're stepping it up a gear.
I f not likely to generate as much interest as the Beach Boys' Smileor Neil Young's Homegrown, Honey + Salt, the album Splashh recorded then aborted last year, does at least furnish Waiting a Lifetime with an odd backstory. The Anglo-Australian quartet had been talking of a radical shift away from the commercial garage rock of their debut to more experimental, synth-based electronica. But very little evidence of that genre detour survives - only Look Down to Turn Away's slowly building intro hints at what might have been.
When the touring cycle for Splashh's first album 'Comfort' came to an end around 2013, the band seemingly disappeared, only returning more recently in 2015 to tease us with the lolloping 'Pure Blue'. Waiting a lifetime is a sentiment that many of their fans will be able to identify with, the thrilling sonic ruckus that was their debut was stirring and addictive -- making their absence all the more noticeable. Their sophomore delivery, however, makes up for it in leaps and bounds, veering between surf rock and stoner rock, the LP dips its toe in a variety of genre sensibilities but is ultimately tied together with signature Splashh sludgy grunge guitars and fuzzy vocals dripping with reverb.