CORIKY • Self-titled LP
When you have a band with members from Fugazi and The Evens, and all of the other bands they have been in prior expectations are going to run unrealistically high. That was certainly the case with me. When they released “Clean Kill” earlier this year (or was it late last year?) I found myself really excited for the album and the band, which is something I haven’t felt towards any band in years. I found myself thinking this was the equivalent of a new Fugazi album, which is something I believe is needed in these dark times. But that’s pretty unfair towards Coriky. Coriky is Coriky.
There’s definitely a Fugazi sound in these songs, and there’s The Evens sound as well. Somewhere in all that Coriky comes through, and I get the sense listening to this they are still in the process of defining themselves musically.
“Inauguration Day” is catchy and solid. It moves with a cool and confidant pace, and burrows in deep with its repetitive riff, and you will find yourself saying “pageantry” as you listen to the news and read the paper for obvious reasons. Also, the previously mentioned “Clean Kill” stands out and takes up residence in your memory quick.
So, how is this album? It’s not terrible, but it’s not great either. It has moments that are really good, and moments where it loses steam and feels almost like it’s at a standstill. But I’m going to stick with this record. These folks have been at this for decades and know what they’re doing. As I go back for subsequent listens I find there’s more to like than the time before. Are they ahead of us and we, as listeners, need to get up to speed? (MA)
Justin Dratson: JD Nate Wilson: NW Matt Average: MA