While going through a Loose Bolts interview, I had to remind myself the artist doesn't just live to spout off ideas in an email but to create images in the imagination, stir feelings in the soul, and ultimately connect with others.
Discontent is 2015 EP release by a young 20 something out of the Florida panhandle by the name of Ian Gomez. There's four songs different in style but sharing the theme of dissociation the artist has spoken candidly about in communications:
- Discontent - punk rock candy with a folk wrapper.
- Numb - a 6 plus minute meandering descent into spiritual isolation
- Liability - punk, power pop with a grooving shuffle. Somewhat anthemic.
- Adolescent - melancholic ruminations in a minor ke
It's an impressive debut by a multi instrumentalist who first made his mark as a death metal drummer before people knew he could pen songs, play guitar and sing.
The songs are eerily familiar yet I can't figure out if it's because I have listened to them enough they remind me of feelings in a dream or something else. Structurally, they can be all over the place without discernible patterns yet don't feel "indulgent."
There's at least 2 different vocal styles evident here: one crooning. melancholic, introspective and the other angsty, defiant, maybe aggressively upbeat. In other words it is our teenage selves reflected back at us in melody and verse.
Who is this music for? Or more specifically who are the ideal fans of Loose Bolts? You're deep and introspective which is to say you might have an inkling for starry nights, poetry, existential philosophy and long road trips . As this is admittedly a coming-of-age project by a guy now 3 years the wiser and more experienced we're expecting new work to expand on the canvas of human suffering and find still more hope to rise out of slumber in the morning.
All the music was written and performed by Ian Gomez with David W. Montgomery credited for recording, mixing and engineering.