IRON CHIC – ” My Best Friend (Is a Nihilist) “

Posted: December 7, 2017 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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How anthemic can bleakness be, really? Turns out pretty anthemic. Iron Chic’s third album shapes personal issues and tragedy into punk-rock catharsis, carried by huge-sounding guitars and hooky melodies. Alternately resigned and defiant, You Can’t Stay Here recalls the best of Iron Chic’s melodic-punk forebears—Samiam is the most obvious comparison—but lacks a trace of nostalgia. This is the sound of a band powering through an extremely difficult time the only way it knows how, and that genuineness makes You Can’t Stay Here hit harder—and its cathartic moments more powerful. That makes for some odd sing-alongs, though, like on “Invisible Ink”: “We heard that life / Had something in store / But it’s coming up short / And we’re begging for more / Death’s sweet kiss / Was a bullet that missed us.” Iron Chic has emerged from its toughest time as a band with a defining artistic statement.

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