The album kicks off with 'Pressure From Above'. A title that may have to do with what the outside, people like me e.g., heap unto these youngsters by telling them just how great their album is. If this first song is the standard Naughty, Naughty Violence sets, things will just turn out nicely.
The edgy riff 'Tonsil' starts off with, is the kind that make me feel happy instantly. Everything is on edge in 'Tonsils'. The two guitars playing notes on the edge what is acceptable to the average listener (probably beyond), yet always come back into the fold at the right moments giving 'Tonsils' a great punkrock feel. The same goes for the vocal melody singer Willem Smit smacks right into the faces of his listeners. There's not a whole lot being held back by him and his fellow bandmembers.
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Naughty, Naughty Violence is an album full of positive energy for all of us to enjoy. There's simply no doubt the band delivers it in spades. It is important to note Canshaker Pi is not a one dimensional band. On Naughty, Naughty Violence the band experiments with different sounds and styles. 'No Sack, No Way' has a reggae sauce over it. Arguably this is the most mellow song on the album. It holds a pop feel with its soft vocal melody and harmony choir. A heavily distorted lead guitar takes care of the alternative rock side of the equation.
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Overall my impression is Naughty, Naughty Violence is slightly more conventional as a whole compared to 'Canshaker Pi'. Perhaps the band took just a little more time to think the details through or wants a chance at some more success, which is a legitimate choice. It is not as if I'm listening to One Direction right now. Canshaker Pi may be looking for the balance between its confrontational, non-compromising style and a subtle pop flavour woven into its core fabric. The band seems to be growing up in public with its latest album and I'm fine. "I know it's never ever going to happen again", Willem Smit sings in 'The Indie Academy'. So the next album is totally balanced? For me Naughty, Naughty Violence is fine. A great follow up to a great debut album.
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