Canada Rockers, The League of One, have created a no-holds-barred bundle of ruthless lyricism, riffs and the expression of their gift of facing reality for exactly as it is throughout their latest album, ‘Dispatch’. Here’s our track-by-track thoughts.
Kicking off with the first track, “Wax Museum”, the guys begin with an uncanny and comical blast which incorporates a short dial-in to the emergency line which swiftly shifts into a blast of instrumentals that mimic the likes of Billy Talent while the lyrical trajectory speaks of a life of doom and gloom that the guys are finding to be difficult to overcome. The second track, “Plastic Crackhead”, lyrically speaks of succumbing to a life swimming in a sea of self-imposed distress and the importance of choosing to overcome your own bullshit to express exactly how you feel. “I Get Around” is the third track in which Lead Vocalist, Will Maeder, channels the likes of Geddy Lee over a classic Stoner Rock track that reeks of lyrical cynicism.
The fourth track, “Koolaid and Bug Burgers”, slows it down and ties in a dragged-down and emotive instrumental sting that makes its way into the veins of listeners as the call into the emergency line continues and adds a touch of misanthropy that appeals to realists. “Antz” is the fifth track that begins with a sarcastic touch that blasts into heavy instrumentals that direct the metaphorical lyrical tale of removing the excess stored in the mind that destroys a human beings life. The sixth track, “The Connoisseur”, gives listeners a glimpse into the sweeping soundscape that the guys of The League of One are able to explore as they lyrically challenge listeners to find themselves beyond what the world attempts to shove down their throats. “Bic Blister” is the seventh track that is full of low spirits as the guys lyrically poke fun at the tendency of people to create mountains out of simple aspects of life such as getting a blister from a lighter. “Dionysus” is the ninth track that creates the feeling that you are listening to a track by Rush in their brightest days while shedding light on the prosperous possibilities in the near future for The League of One. Closing out with “Working Man’s Band”, the guys end by speaking of the dread that they face with having to be a part of the working class.
There is a depth of creativity throughout The League of One’s ability to tie in samples that you wouldn’t expect to hear that is captivating and appealing to rockers and beyond. If you’re a fan of fellow musicians such as Billy Talent, Iron Maiden and Megadeth then keep an eye out on the ride ahead for The League of One on Bandcamp.
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