This year may well be the year for Houston-based rockers Hindsight. The release of their latest 8-song CD “Momentum” just preceded opening gigs for 2000s post-grunge rock group Tantric and punk/rap-core group Hed PE. The last two years saw the band share the stage with such notables as Parabelle, Nonpoint and Straight Line Stitch.
Then, next month, Hindsight will compete in a ‘battle of the bands’ style showcase, with winners earning a spot on this year’s Summer Slaughter Tour.
And, with the buildup over the past couple of years, one could easily say that “Momentum” is about the most appropriate title for this latest release.
“We’re definitely at that point where we’re ready to take things to the next level,” said vocalist Brad Lambert.
Recorded at several studios around the country — including Austin’s Mix Tank Studios — and mastered by UE Nastasi (Lamb of God, Anthrax, Gojira) at Sterling Sound in NYC, “Momentum” does something that’s usually a tall order for an unsigned artist — convey versatility in songwriting and musical styles while delivering a performance that makes listeners want to buy a ticket and show up to see the group perform live.
Having personally seen Hindsight perform live twice now, I can say that a visit to one of their shows is a must for fans of hard-driving rock rooted in the 90s grunge sounds of Soundgarden and Pearl Jam, easily melding with the modern edgy vocals and heavy melodic choruses of metalcore act Atreyu or groove metal band Five Finger Death Punch.
For anyone looking for a band with consistent sound throughout, or something easily definable to a particular genre, look elsewhere. Neither Hindsight nor “Momentum” will give you that. Instead, what you get is a varied trip from melodic metal (“In the Dark”) to acoustic ballad with thoughtful lyrics (“Low”).
Throughout, Lambert’s vocals flow seamlessly between growl, scream and melodic choruses, and while there is great variety in the songs that makes defining the band’s genre nearly impossible, Lambert’s vocals bring it all together and create a sound that is still identifiable as Hindsight.
Personally, I’ve always been a fan of artists who can express their diversity of musical influences while remaining true to their own sound. In discussing music, I often say that the hallmark of great musicians throughout our modern era are that no more than 10 seconds into any song, you know who it is. Rush, AC/DC, Elton John or the Red Hot Chili Peppers — as diverse as their songs may be, the artists is still recognizable almost instantly. Perhaps that’s one of the reasons I enjoyed “Momentum.” Because no matter which song I listen to, each is still very distinctly Hindsight.
Lambert and bassist Jesse James have both said that their goal is simply to create good music.
“There are no rules in Hindsight,” said Lambert. “We just want to write good music.”
Of the eight tracks on “Momentum,”, the first — “Unsaid” — is easily the heaviest, introducing a hard edge to Lambert’s vocals, pushing from growl to scream at appropriate intervals.
The second song, “In the Dark” is one of my favorites, bringing back memories of Lynch Mob’s 1990 release “Wicked Sensation,” featuring former Dokken guitarist George Lynch and Oni Logan on vocals.
“Reasons” (No. 3) and “Go” (No. 6) are in the same vein as the first two tracks — rooted in hard rock, with Hindsight’s own modern twist. Guitarist Andrew Jastram’s heavy riffs are omnipresent, and Jesse James shows he’s clearly a student of 80s and 90s hard rock, moving in lock-step with drummer Lincoln LaCour in a way that reminds me of the rhythm partnership between Steve Harris and Nicko McBrain of Iron Maiden.
The title track is the seventh song on the CD, and is the best demonstration of Lambert’s vocal range, featuring screamed verses and melodic choruses laced with harmony, “Momentum” is perhaps the best example of the musical versatility that is Hindsight.
The fourth and eighth tunes, “Low” and “Break the Silence,” are acoustic-based ballads showcase the group’s songwriting ability. Lambert described the “Low” as perhaps the darkest song on the CD, lyrically. “It’s a ballad, but it’s probably the darkest song we do.”
The fifth track, “Gravy,” is the one the stands out the most to me. Starting off with a Weezer-sounding guitar riff, “Gravy” is a tune fans of Atreyu and The Used can easily find something to grab on to. Jastram’s southern-rock styled guitar work makes this my favorite track on the CD.
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