Release Date: March 26, 2021
Nosferatu is the newest album from Milton, Ontario-based band, Trauma Lanes.
Listening to Nosferatu is like having a punk/metal club that has been delivered straight to your eardrums. Close your eyes and you can almost smell the spilled beer in the mosh pit and feel the impact of an elbow in your face in every track. Through its production, instrumentation, and vocals Nosferatu expertly manages its tension and release to almost perfectly capture the power of a live show. Between the octane-powered drums, the savage guitar riffs and the violently screamed lyrics, Nosferatu consistently demands you start a mosh pit (even if it’s one). The track ‘Tinnitus at Twenty,’ spells this out plainly when mid-song, the wall of sound drops, and the singer returns to his regular register. He then says calmly and collectively, to make sure we don’t mishear, that “If you didn’t come to dance, get the f*ck outta here” before the accompaniment picks back up to kick you in the ear.
The standout track for me on the album was its title track, “Nosferatu”. “Nosferatu” pulses with wicked energy as it corners the listener with tempting respites, only for Trauma Lanes corners your ears and goes for the throat. It’s best played loud and in surround sound to feel its teeth closing around your neck.
I grew up in Alberta, but spent most of my life in British Columbia – I also spent a lot of my summers in Britain as I was lucky enough to have immigrant parents with the capital to go visit our relatives. The amount of time I spent overseas makes it hard for me to say I feel fully Canadian, but it does make me feel typically Canadian as so many of us have mixed parentage. My parents defined another divide in me as I feel inexorably pulled to both science and the art; my father being a doctor and my mother being a school teacher. I studied both in university and now work on making healthcare software during the day, then write/read/draw/paint/dance in my evenings. My global wanderings, my education, and the fact that my appetite for media could be described as ‘voracious’ means my frame of reference is pretty varied. It’s hard to say that I have a favourite music genre, rather I am always seeking sounds that convey a sense earnestness an honesty.