PRINCE DADDY & the HYENA — ” Cosmic Thrill Seekers “

Posted: December 7, 2019 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Prince Daddy & the Hyena’s ability to transform rock-bottom defeatism into a raucous group activity. “Lauren (Track 2)” was, without a doubt, among the most fun song released in 2019, and the way Prince Daddy carry this energy over to other tracks on the album Cosmic Thrill Seekers, where Kory Gregory opens “Trying Times” by bellowing about how “every day’s been a bad day for so long,” or wails lines like “stupid fucking life, it’s only getting harder” moments before a killer outro on “Klonopin,” signals an optimistic turn for a genre that often invites isolation among its listeners.

Even the softest moments on Cosmic Thrill Seekers such as the acoustic intro to opener “I Lost My Life,” or the mid-track breather on closer “Wacky Misadventures of the Passenger”—are disrupted by Gregory’s yawps before heavy electric guitars hit as hard and unexpectedly as the depression that fueled so much of the record’s lyrics. There’s never really a moment of peace, but such brief periods of seemingly personal anxiety spouted by the vocalist are immediately filled by a massive support system in the form of Gregory’s dense backing band, at times even featuring a full brass section. The cyclical structure of the album—“Passenger” transitions smoothly back into track one—has been widely noted for its analogue to mood cycles, but there’s been little talk about the group-therapeutic nature of the record’s sound.

For plenty of bands of this caliber, an album is just a springboard for hectic live shows. But Cosmic Thrill Seekers offers anyone who feels pretty confident that they’ll die the next time they’re alone in their bedroom an opportunity to thrash in each others’ company.

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