The album, which came out on August 7th, evokes thoughts of early '90s Canadian alternative acts like The Rheostatics or The Inbreds. That is most apparent on the angular, lo-fi "Small Victories" and the casual melodic "Grinner".
The cold and desolate "Walker" has the same prairie aura as many a Neil Young song. However, the vocals sound much closer to Colin Meloy.
A tremendous pop ear is on display as well. The layers upon layers of "Morpheus Rising" make it a gem. The standout "Tent City" is catchy as a result of parallel lead vocals that run throughout. It's a unique trick and one that works surprisingly well. A lick of harmonica never hurts either.
Some of the tracks are underwhelming. "Darker Than" and "Ghost" simply exist, while the album closer "Organ Failure" is a clunker that drags on for far too long.
Thunder Amongst Us is a solid debut. Though not everything is killer, there are some sparks of near genius present.
Best tracks: "Tent City", "Walker"
Track listing for Thunder Amongst Us:
- Small Victories
- Tent City
- Darker Than
- Morpheus Rising
- Organ Failure