When I first saw The Deadly Syndrome years ago, 2006 I think, I was first stuck by all
the cute little cutout ghosts littering the stage. Then I was blown away by the
talent this band had.
Solid songwriting – check
Good thematic – check
Great vocals- check
They had all the makings of a great pop band, and over the past six years they only got better every time I saw them. Somewhere along the line, though, it seemed that they disappeared from my radar; well they are back with a new album titled All in Time which makes the time they were absent seem like it was worth it.
The album takes them in a different direction from their earlier material, but this is usually what you want from a band. You want them to grow as you grow, and they have accomplished this development in spades. This album is an ethereal trip through the mind of the band, a group that has grownup aspirations and is ready to move on to the next phase of their lives.
The album opens with a slow burn of a song called “Demons” which has the air of a person wrestling with those demons in their own mind. It is a beautiful start to a beautiful record. The way the drums blast through your speakers are bound to make you jump a little is juxtaposed with the dreamy opening. The album has a certain yearning. Songs like “It’s a Mess” with its acoustic picking, gentle organs, and strange swirling samples underneath are just pure beauty. The album as whole is great, but the stand out tracks to me come at the end of the album in “Whatever Comes Our Way” and “Maine” which tend to lean a little more in the old sounds of their earlier music and mixed with the new more sonic direction they are headed in. If I had any complaint about this album, it is that I could have used more of it. The Deadly Syndrome has a good grasp of where they want to be and where they are going with this album. If you get a chance to catch them at a live show soon, do yourself a favor and see it for yourself. I know I will be there.