Satellites & Sirens "Tanks" by Andrew Funderburk (cmaddict.com) on 2016-10-26 10:17:22
Following on the heels of their most recently signed album “One Noise,” Satellites and Sirens return this year with yet another album that is packed with the more clean, atmospheric electronic sound that they have gravitated towards with recent projects. While the smooth, pop/punk vocals of lead vocalist Geoff Hunker remain, the band’s sound has moved in a direction far from their original roots. Despite that, "Tanks" will offer consistency to their already established fan base, but may not exactly bring the impact factor musically or lyrically to that base or newcomers.
While the band has progressed from their original alt/punk sound and there is a recognized maturity, there is a little lacking in regards in the way of musical composition. Each song carries a similar feel of kicking off with some form of an electronic or piano sound that then drives full force into the rest of the track. While some tracks do show promise musically, if it weren’t for some of the melodies, the songs would get a little muddled together sounding too similar.
"Tanks" also has many cliche moments lyrically; however, there are some lines that do show promise with songs that challenge the listener. “Chasing Photos” is an example of that where Hunker’s falsetto challenges the listener to think beyond the filtered photos and take in what actually happens in one’s life, as there can be much more beauty found in the journey of one’s life. Other examples of greater lyrical thought would be “Old Souls,” the 80s influenced ballad “Living the Dream,” and “Waste Some Time.” Despite those moments that cause one to think about life, the album is still full of repetitive, cliche moments that one can find on many CCM projects.
While "Tanks" has lyrical moments that stand out, musically there isn’t much of the mature sound that one would expect from a band that’s been around for ten years. The commendable aspect that can be recognized here is that Satellites and Sirens keep their music consistent throughout the full project and point towards greater promise lyrically, which is something that can be looked forward to in the coming years.
Rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Pop / Electronic
Label: Dream Records
Release Date: October 14, 2016
Buy it: Amazon - iTunes
Hey! (This Is The Life) (3:42)
Who We Are (3:07)
Chasing Photos (4:49)
Old Souls [feat. Ronnie Petkovich] (3:53)
Enough [feat. Joel Vaughn] (4:48)
Living The Dream (2:40)
Don't Say A Thing (4:19)
Waste Some Time (4:18)