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Constant, The - 2003 Darkly Sunny Days



THE CONSTANT - DARKLY SUNNY DAYS (2003, GOSSAMER RECORDS)
Frank Yanno - guitars, bass, keyboards
Chris Post - vocals
Oleg Shlyahov - drums, percussion


Background
The Constant are a trio of rockers from Van Nuys California, who have ignored a lot of what is modern and 'happening' on radio, and have decided to hang-out in 'Retro City' for a while. Thank god for that, is their debut 'Darkly Sunny Days' is an intense, brash, burst of power trio induced rock-a-rama. They don't make music like this much more.. Well, yes they do, it's just that you don't get to see or hear about it that often. Thank god for the Internet he sez! Revolving around the heavy riffing guitars of Frank Yanno, you'd swear we've wound the clock back to an era where the likes of Mountain and Led Zeppelin were steaming up the windshield of your best friends Chevy on many a wet wintry night. Sure, it invokes a bit of time travel transportation, but it's nothing your ears can't handle.. really! In the best tradition of power trios, this adventurous lot get permission to turn it up loud, and when we're reaching for the musical accelerator, a band like The Cult springs to mind for pure angst, aggression, and piledriving riffs.

The Songs
Evidence of this comes in the shape of hard-hitters 'The Other Side Of The Room' and the intense riff-happy 'Chain Of Events'. The Constant prove that they don't stand on the one spot like their name would suggest, as the groovus maximus tune 'Falter' sees them close to tripping up on a cortisone injection of musical fuel. Both 'Rocket Girl' and 'All Or Nothing' keep the seventies rock groove happening, and to ensure the retro feel is maintained, tracks like 'Perfect Failure' and the title track 'Darkly Sunny Days' have that 'trippy' vibe to them that takes us back a decade earlier than we'd anticipated.

In Summary
As it happens, Frank Yanno handles the engineering and production chores, so I suppose you can assume The Constant is pretty much his baby. And yeah, for what it's worth, it is worth a listen, for those wanting to reinvest into retro seventies rock played with 21st century vim and vigour, and of course all the latest tools of the trade. It's just that the attitude and dedication is a tribute to music from a bygone era. Who said retro rock was dead? Well done chaps!

Track Listing:
01 Wrong Side Of Summer
02 The Other Side Of The Room
03 Already Here
04 One More Day
05 Single File
06 Rocket Girl
07 All Or Nothing
08 Perfect Failure
09 Falter
10 Chain Of Events
11 Darkly Sunny Days

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#1 | rkbluez on January 13 2014 21:02:39
Good album...took this one in to sell at the store...great fat sounding CD to...my favorite song is Single File...great punchy retro rock...Frank had sent me some songs he was working on for album #2 but I guess that never happened...to bad the Constant was a cool band.

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