Amidst all the political unrest and charged atmosphere that informs Ought‘s debut LP, More Than Any Other Day, is a youthful vigour that’s tangible in their poetry as much as it is in their posture. Though none of the band members are actually Canadian, Ought have absorbed the sense and sensibility of their adoptive home of Montreal, channeling the energy of 2012’s student protests into a sound and musical style that is on the cusp of exploding. The tension is palpable, as I imagine it was on those streets and in the gathering places where the city’s youth converged for debate and discourse.
Ought have done their musical history research. Elements of art-rock, new wave, and Dischord punk are scattered throughout More Than Any Other Day, providing countless opportunities for listeners to play spot-the-influence. They’ve certainly been paying attention to what their Constellation Records label mates have been doing as of late, as well. That said, More Than Any Other Day never feels calculated or studied. It’s one of the most earnest rock records I’ve heard in ages, and one I grow fonder of with every listen.
Too often I associate youth with vapid exuberance, and not often enough with angst and anger, especially when it comes to music. More Than Any Other Day buzzes with an intensity and focus that hasn’t been dulled down by experience and disappointment, that goes well past the point of no return without ever once considering the consequences of its actions. Ought gives more in one song than most bands would in a lifetime.
More Than Any Other Day is released Tuesday, April 29, 2014 on Constellation Records.
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