Constant Future, the latest Parts & Labor record, will be pegged by most listeners and reviewers as fitting neatly within the noise-Pop/rock niche, featuring distorted guitars, huge swelling choruses and smatterings of electronic noise. On deeper inspection Constant Future is hard to tear away from its indie rock base, ultimately it appears unconcerned with the usual noise- rock pursuits of sonic texture and mind numbing distortion, and doesn't exactly follow the noise-pop base of sounding lovely. Sure, elements of these traditions are contained within, but Parts & Labor are more about their booming guitar sound, and breakneck pace. Discussion about genre is ultimately boring, so I won't dwell, but Constant Future seems more like an indie-rock album with noise elements than anything else.

Anyway, the first thing that strikes me is that it all sounds a bit of a mess; instruments striving for our attention, but ultimately just drowning each other out. We've got guitar driven into overdrive by layers and layers of effects, competing with a bombastic drum sound with massive vocals that seem to echo and resonate over everything else. Even the songs carry along with the theme, rarely ever taking a break, usually beginning with all stops pulled out, and never really giving the listener a chance to rest their tired ears. Constant Future could possibly do with a slower song residing somewhere in the middle, but there's a chance that could the ruin the whole thing. You aren't given a chance to reflect on the music, because it's a constant assault of infectious drum beats and catchy riffs.

Aside from this blast of songs played at roughly the same tempo, with almost exactly the same sound, taken out context each song on Constant Future is huge and anthemic. They each seem big enough to grab the attention of punter passing their stage at a festival, and while the quality in actual songsmith isn't always there, Parts & Labor have the sound and the attitude to carry them through unabashed. When the songs themselves are up to par, for example on the opening track 'Fake Names' or the title track, the album is awesome to behold. It all clicks together; the aurally noisy landscape doesn't really matter, because it all seems so right in the context. While if you were to take each song out of context and inspect it rigorously, they wouldn't all stand up to scrutiny, because of consistent energy, and noise shown throughout that prevents us from actually thinking about what we're listening to, Constant Future seems very consistent, and is an enjoyable experience throughout.

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