Provision The Consequence
By Marcus Pan
In the midst of all the darkness, blarghy
growly evilness of black metal (which I won't be reviewing), ambient amateur
background music ensembles and same-same gawf rockers that have been plaguing
my desk, among them shines a bright spot of happiness. Like an XtC tab in the
midst of the used heroin injection needles, Provision beams happily amongst
itself and its labelmates at Section 44.
Provision really have a happy groove. They tend to play a
nice assortment of old-skool new wave a'la New Order; lots of brighter
electronics and even keel male vocals that are more humanesque than other
offerings in EBM and industrial genres. The band is a triad outfit made up of
Breye 7x, Jen Foxx and Carlos Covarrubias. From the opening Ideal you
are treated to smooth, if a little stock, electronic synth chords coupled with
brighter keyboard melodies and male baritone vocals.
Behind your Disguise is surreally similar...even the
chord progressions are dangerously close to the first track so already
Provision start falling short a bit on imagination. Defying Culture on
track 4 rings through before I realize I've made it 1/3 of the way through the
album. I'm going to say something usual here, since The Consequence has
a very usual sound: It's not that it's bad, just typical.
The album's namesake, The Consequence, is my first
highlight of the album. Its got an interesting future-pop feel with slinky
melodies and poppy beats and movements. Perversions of Conventional
Warfare turned out to be a much happier sounding song than one would
expect. Trust adds in a bit of brightness combined with lower-key bass
The Consequence is certainly laid out well. It
follows all the basic forms of electro-pop and EBM music. But it doesn't create
any new forms for me. And that makes it a bit blasé really, and though
listenable and pleasant to hear it doesn't remain with you and becomes a faded
memory without much consequence at all despite its name. A staple provision on
the EBM landscape.
12742 Ave., Houston, TX, 77085, USA
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