Kandy Face – Stupid Famous – Album Review
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Reviewed by James Rockso
Hamilton, Ontario’s indie rock quartet Kandy Face released the incredibly nostalgic Stupid Famous on September 20, 2015, the band’s second studio album following their 2013 debut Farewell Flamboro. My musical tastes range from grunge legends Alice in Chains to death metal bands like Feared, and Kandy Face’s unique blend of soothing vocals reminiscent of Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell all the way to the silky smooth delivery of the instrumentals makes it so deliciously chaotic.
Less theatric than Dave Matthews Band, but way more more rock ‘n’ roll. A few surprises get me throughout Stupid Famous from the growling at the end of “Oh God Please” and “Milk Belly” to long, drawn out vocal melodies on “No Room Left” and “I God Syndrome”. Fortunately, the majority of the songs are bangers with the exception of most of the intros revolving around the same opening chord.
My favourite thing about Kandy Face is the upbeat, dancey rock vibe on all the songs, “Rag Girl” being the perfect example of this. From the whomping bass to the groovy guitar interludes, the track would be excellent for throwing down or chilling out. I will admit I was lounging quite contently while listening to this album, which everyone should do.
For a band that appeared on my radar from nowhere, I am pleasantly relieved that Stupid Famous is as grooving as it is. I usually receive lots of weird styles of music, and Kandy Face definitely fits the bill in the best 90s grunge throwback way possible.