We were fortunate enough to get an advance screening of the next release by Perennial, 3-piece band from Connecticut/ Western Massachusetts. Along with the early access to their upcoming full-length album, The Symmetry of Autumn Leaves, we had a chance to interview the band, and both experiences were absolutely awesome.
The first thing you’ll notice about this album is how high energy it is. In fact, Perennial told us that after being in several other bands and playing more laid back shows, they wanted their newest project to have the most energetic and fun live set they could come up with. They also noted that they only play shows that are all-ages, which they said was because they never wanted their music to be inaccessible to someone just because they’re under 18 or 21. Both of these facets show that this band is looking to give their audience the complete experience, which is something artists in the scene sometimes miss.
The album opens up with The Symmetry of Autumn Leaves, an extremely energetic intro track that sets the mood for the album to come. Filled with intense, dissonant guitar leads, intense drum hits, and yelling vocals, this will get you primed for the full album experience.
Hippolyta! was another standout track. Beginning with a chant-like yell, this song has quite an interesting tone. It then opens up, and there are some really catchy guitar riffs and a driving bass line that keeps this song alive.
While Welton ’59 is a short instrumental interlude, I found it to be quite pretty. Guitar plucks keep the rhythm going while other guitar chords fill the space, and horns add a nice atmosphere. A nice break from the intensity of the rest of the album.
Dissolver was another one of my favorite tracks on this album. It has some awesome guitar riffs, intense vocals, and some great synth sounds. As the song continues, it keeps getting more and more intense, until the abrupt change in tone at which it sounds like a piece that would be played in a jazz club. With some slick bass riffs and distorted and echo-y speaking overtop, this song definitely has a very unique feeling to it.
La Fugue Pour Beton Brut is absolutely insane. This track opens with a mishmash of cacophonous tones. Then as the song continues, each verse is sung by the different members, which is a good change of pace that keeps the song interesting tonally. As the bass takes over, the tension builds and is released with some back and forth screams. The song ends with some piano playing that proceeds to get heavily distorted, which is honestly something I don’t think I’ve ever heard intentionally used before. Definitely a very unique sound.
Transistor Chapel Roof was another interlude track that was just too pretty to not mention. It’s short, but breaks up the high energy of the album just like Welton ’59. A beautiful sound-scape is created through this piece with some beautiful synths and pads, as well as some bird chirping placed quietly into the background.
The finale track, The Leaves of Autumn Symmetry, is a re-imagining of the first track. Personally, I’m a huge fan of any kind of conceptual return of a theme in albums, so this ending was absolutely perfect to me.
These were just my personal favorites off the album, but every song on here has something different to offer, and there are definitely no fillers. In fact, many of these tracks are shorter than average, but I think that only helps to keep the listeners engaged.
Getting through a 12 track album and writing about it isn’t always the easiest thing to do, but it was a total blast getting through this album. Not only is the music awesome, but the band was incredibly nice and friendly, and I’m sure we all left the interview with smiles on our faces. Also, if there are any vinyl fans out there, Perennial is releasing this album on a hot pink vinyl, so stay tuned for the release of The Symmetry Of Autumn Leaves on the 14th of this month!