Upon the release of their debut album in 2009, “Why There Are Mountains”, Cymbals Eat Guitars has returned with their September follow-up, “Lenses Alien”, an appropriate conveyance of their band name and highly-anticipated sequel as it features the heavy instrumentation of drums and strings and consistently embodies raging peaks and lulling valleys as evident throughout the compilation, including the opening track, “Rifle Eyesight (Proper Name)”. Beginning softly with vocals by lead singer, Joseph D’Agostino, “Rifle Eyesight (Proper Name)”, just shy of hitting the nine minute mark, slowly builds to an eerie halt halfway through the song, and stalls in a daze of mesmerizing cymbals and guitar riffs. What could be a misleading end to the listener, delves back into a conglomerate of instruments, but fades out once again into a soothing ballad, only to progressively and heavily intensify towards the end.
The John Agnello-produced sophomore album by the New York-based indie rock group portrays their development and evolution since their premiere effort, shifting from a slightly senseless placement of noise-driven climaxes to an intelligently managed culmination of talents possessed by the quartet. From the piercing, yet pleasant, screech of the electric guitar in the first seconds of “Keep Me Waiting” to the lyrical ability displayed on “Plainclothes”, as front man D’Agostino croons “there was a man who killed a state trooper/ drove his pickup truck to Belmar/ and slept in a beach house to dream of the day… everything changes”, the young rockers have proven that they have grown in the past two years.
As Cymbals Eat Guitars prepares to kick off their North American tour with opening act, Hooray for Earth, they will continue to revive indie rock through their natural talents and abilities to establishing a maturing sound.