Boy, Warehouse don’t waste a note, do they? Just click play on “Mental Faculty,” the first single from the band’s upcoming debut LP, Tesseract, and instantly it’s a barrage of full-sprint guitars and half-strained vocals bellowing: “Falling apart / falling apart / the way I wanted to” with a sense of euphoria that immediately seeps into your bones. If you asked me to pinpoint what is exactly that I find so appealing about the singing here, I’d say that somewhere in-between Elaine Edenfield’s scrappy roar and dreamy murmur is a voice that exists undeniably, enthusiastically, in the moment. The band’s dexterous rhythms and intertwining guitars may have roots in prog and jazz, but damn if there isn’t an emphatic hardcore spirit underlying it all. Something about this reminds me of a more buttoned-up, less abrasive Cap’n Jazz, and that’s just dandy. – [ Review of "Mental Faculty" single ]
The track continues the group’s trend of crafting whirring noise-pop anthems smeared in Wire-esque angularity and just a smidgen of shoegaze bliss. The band’s melodic prowess is on full display here, especially in the way Scotty Hoffman keeps his vocals tethered tight on a line and let’s the band unrelenting rhythmic thrust pull them along like so many kites caught in a windstorm. – [ Review of "Saints in Robes" single ]
“Terrorangles” is the second single to be revealed off the upcoming Similar Phantoms, and it’s yet another noisy, deliriously catchy fuzz-punk banger that demands to be cranked up loud. For a song that takes for its theme issues of solitude and cutting oneself off from the rest of the world, you’d think it be more of a downer. But it’s hard to listen to the tracks’s adrenaline-fueled drive or the earworm hooks of frontman Scotty Hoffman and not get stirred up. In a way it reminds me of Thee Oh Sees abstracted psych rock—a dark and muscular rhythmic undercurrent feeding into a combustible array of distorted exhortations and feedback-laced rave-ups. It’s taken a long time for Small Reactions to build to this pace, but now that they’re here, there’s no sign of them slowing down. – [ Review of "Terrorangles" single ]
“Shark Week” captures everything that fans love about the band—combustible guitars, nervy rhythms and megaton hooks set to detonate on impact. – [ Review of "Shark Week" single ]
So much of Small Reactions’ power is tied into the spirit of the moment, the buzzing, whirlwind intensity of the here and now. That’s a lot of combustive energy to corral and control, and it’s easy for some of that electrified air to escape the balloon, so to speak. The band could’ve just reached into their old bag of tricks, but instead they turned out something bigger and bolder than anything they’ve unveiled in the past. – [ Read the 'Hung From Wire' EP review ]
SATMC may have expanded into a six-piece since releasing their debut, but remarkably there’s no clutter to be found, no elbowing for room on any of these sprawling eight tracks. It’s a record defined as much by restraint—by elegant pauses and meditative lulls—as it is by sumptuous shoegaze swells and volcanic bursts of textured noise. The band’s no stranger to glacial dirges, as evidenced by the devastatingly powerful “Land Tied,” but even at their most stripped-down they manage to sound purposeful and direct. A lot of local records will be released in 2014, but I doubt we’ll hear something as beautiful, transportive, and, yes, haunting, as So Happy, It’s Sad, which may turn out to be the group’s defining moment.