Label: SNS Records Release date: Out Now Website: http://www.myspace.com/subkicks Buy: Amazon Subkicks latest release Threes, Fives and Sevens has everything you’d expect from your standard indie rock romp release, but does it do justice to a band who managed to become literally ‘huge in Japan’ back in 2006? Subkicks have by no means broken any boundaries through their latest offering but that’s not to say it’s all bad. Each track manages to hold its own and although the collection is not exactly exciting, it is at least highly polished and clearly developed with a sense of direction. The real issue with the album is that although it stays well within the confines of the indie genre, there’s too much variation between songs in terms of style. You find yourself unable to pin down what exactly the band is trying to offer and you come away not really having a substantial understanding of the bands identity through their music. Opening track ‘Forminas Star’ for example sounds like something straight out of a matrix movie soundtrack, base lines so fuzzy it hurts and angry yet melodic vocals all melted together with punchy snare drums and solid guitar riffs. Contrast this however with tracks like ‘Do you feel loved’ a funky, upbeat yet slightly repetitive affair and you feel like you’re listening to a totally different band. That’s not to say all this variation doesn’t make the record interesting, it’s good to see a band switching between aggressive and melodic styles. The problem is that by covering such a range of styles the music feels mundane and generalised rather than individual and fresh. This results in you feeling as if there’s nothing substantial or dramatic enough to set Subkicks apart from every other struggling indie rock band out there. Guitar riffs can at times sound so similar from track to track that it’s hard to tell songs apart with the album almost blending into one big extended monotonous drone. This detracts from the impact of some of the more passionate crescendos that could have and should have been so much more dramatic. Lack of volume change in terms of expression almost makes it seem as though lead vocalist Matt Bellamy isn’t giving it everything he could and tails off rather than peaking when he should. It’s not all doom and gloom for Subkicks however. Threes, Fives and Sevens is by no means weak release it’s just somewhat unimaginative. There’s so much potential for the band to build upon as all the basic are there, it just needs something new and exciting pumped into the mix to make full use of the bands talents. With a bit more expression and a little less monotony there’s no reason why Subkicks can’t have great success, for now however it seems that Threes, Fives and Sevens will do nothing to pull them escape the average indie rock scene.