In the ever-evolving landscape of alternative music, there are bands that create ripples, and then there are bands like Movements, whose sonic waves crash over listeners, leaving them profoundly moved. This third full-length album named “RUCKUS!” promises to be no exception, offering extremely impactful songs but this time with a twist. Let’s dive deep into the heart of their music.
This Southern Californian post-hardcore and emo quartet, formed in 2015, has embarked on an ongoing journey of reinvention. However, what truly distinguishes their latest release is its departure from their signature emotionally charged compositions, embracing a notably sunnier and more optimistic sonic landscape. The album delivers some more pop-oriented tracks that will certainly get some new fans into the band.
“Ruckus!” opens with some uproar indecipherable chanting that swiftly plunges into a tempest as vocalist Patrick Miranda commands listeners to “take a seat” and “gather round”. From the very first note, You’re One Of Us Now beckons you into its intimate yet fiercely powerful realm. The rhythmic foundation laid by the drums and bass provides a solid backbone, while the guitars add layers of emotional depth.
The next tracks named Killing Time and AMP both offer more intense drum and basslines, along with a danceable groove that makes them radio-friendly standouts. However, amidst these gems, the track Heaven Sent falls flat, with repetitive chord progressions that fail to complement its love story narrative. “Tightrope”, on the other hand, takes on the form of a slow ballad, offering a welcome breather within the album’s energetic vibe.
As we delve deeper into the album, “Ruckus!” continues to deliver with a trio of tracks that are bound to leave a lasting impact. Lead Pipe, Fail you, I Hope You Choke emerge as the album’s fiery heartbeats, igniting a fervor that will undoubtedly satisfy the insatiable post-hardcore appetites of longtime fans like me. In the track Fail You, the band’s ability to fuse raw, unbridled passion with melodic precision shines brightly here, making it a standout moment on the album. Then there’s I Hope You Choke, a track that pulls no punches. It’s a visceral outpouring of emotion, with a chorus that hits like a gut punch. This track is a testament to Movement’s songwriting powers, keeping listeners hooked from start to finish.
The band manages to encapsulate the essence of post-hardcore mixed with more pop-oriented vibe, delivering songs that are as emotionally charged as they are musically potent. For long-time fans of the genre and newcomers alike, these tracks, and more specific, this album is a potent reminder of why Movements remains a fore to be reckoned with in the alternative music scene. Do yourself a favor and give this album a listen; I assure you won’t be disappointed.