SeeYouSpaceCowboy is a metalcore band which formed in 2016 and has been steadily releasing bits of music since. The band recently decided to combine those bits and pieces into an impressive debut album titled “Songs for the Firing Squad.”
On this album, SeeYouSpaceCowboy manages to channel typical metalcore aggression with some truly wacky and absurd lyrics. This creates an interesting juxtaposition which manages to keep the album fresh throughout. While this album is far from perfect, its quirkiness and charm still manage to shine.
The album starts on a strong note with the opening track “911 Call: “Help I’ve Overdosed on Philosophy!” This track sets the tone of the album with its loud, abrasive guitar riffs and zany content.
Do not expect the song titles to get any less weird either, as this album also has tracks called “Pep Talk from a Nihilist” and “You Don’t Understand the Liquor is Calling the Shots Now Randy Bobandy.” Fans of the television show “Trailer Park Boys” are sure to get a kick out of the latter. While the band’s humor is certain to attract attention, it is the loud, spastic instrumentation that is truly the backbone of the album.
Perhaps my favorite song on the entire album is the penultimate track “Fashion Statements of the Socially Aware.” The track shows that SeeYouSpaceCowboy is capable of diversifying their sound a bit, which makes me even more optimistic for their future work. This track beautifully fuses metalcore with mathcore, and I think “Songs for the Firing Squad” could have benefited a lot more from that blend.
In fact, my biggest gripe with this album is its lack of diversity. The aggression and over-the-top lyrics are fun, but they also left me pretty exhausted after one listen.
While I think the decision to keep the majority of the tracks around a minute and a half in length helps alleviate this problem, the album does start to wear on you down the stretch.
“Songs for the Firing Squad” could have further remedied this problem with more varied vocals and mathcore infusions throughout.
Overall, “Songs for the Firing Squad” makes for a solid debut album for SeeYouSpaceCowboy. It is an album that fits nicely enough in the established genre of metalcore, but it is also distinct enough for the band to stand out from the crowd. This album should pay off for the band down the road, but we’ll have to wait and see.
Genre: Metalcore, grindcore, mathcore
Album Length: 18:04
Best Tracks: “Stop Calling Us Screamo,” “You Don’t Understand the Liquor is Calling the Shots Now Randy Bobandy,” “You Can’t Get Goose Justice in Fox Court, Just Spit on the Judge,” “Jimmy Buffett Doesn’t Even Surf,” “Pep Talk From a Nihilist,” “Fashion Statements of the Socially Aware”
Worst Tracks: “Atrocities from a Story Book Perspective,” “Soap Opera Stardom is a Single is A Single Tear Drop Away”