Whatever it is that Jonny Craig is a part of, he always manages to add a distinct sound through his vocals. Starting his new band, Slaves, in early 2014, the band then released their first album Through Art We Are Equals later that year in June. Their sound was fresh. It had it’s own mellow tone that matched Jonny Craig’s voice. The way in which his voice would just sway along with the melodic tones of the guitar playing. But for their newest song, “Burning Down Our Morals” it’s hard to make that same comparison.
To be off their new album Routine Breathing, “Burning Down Our Morals” was released July 10 via Artery Recordings. As the song began, it didn’t have that same soothing sound as their first album, rather it was more fast paced along with the unpleasant yelling hidden in the background. Playing through, the band still somewhat seems to have a bit of their original work, but while focusing on the guitar riffs, they sound out of place.
As always, Jonny Craig manages to make it work. His vocals never disappoint and continue to flow with the music. About two-thirds of the way into the single, the instrumentals make a sharp turn– and not in the correct direction. Starting from the lyrics, “From the bridges burn” Jonny’s voice drags on too far. For 20 seconds, the instrumentals don’t seem to fit. It feels like it was just thrown in. From that point on, the ending wasn’t smooth. It just ends.
“Burning Down Our Morals” had the potential to be something better, but instead it resulted in being mediocre. That doesn’t say the rest of the album will sound the same, but it’s worth waiting for.