Our society has somehow turned from one where we should have thought-provoking ideas and shared interests reflected on the surface to one where you can literally post a fact on Twitter and have people a) argue with it and b) feel offended by it. We are living in a society where people like to complain and as such Complainer is a great name for a band. We need to get over ourselves, really, and just start letting things be. Instead of using Twitter to complain about things that don't really matter how about we use it to promote good?
Following "Floodplain" (which was released on cassette by Already Dead and is amazing) this is the second release from Complainer. These songs are still loud, still noisy and they have these sort of screamed vocals with the chaos of the music to match it. I feel like I listen to a lot of bands- Birthing Hips, Great Grandpa, etc- who have this sense to them where they get into this aspect of the music but they only really touch upon it and then can also bring out aspects of math rock or something similarly.
Complainer, for all of their efforts, sticks with that anger, that in your face attitude throughout these songs and it's wonderful. It's the type of music that could make people uncomfortable and I also love that about it. The song "Vanilla" is actually instrumental, though the vocals are replaced by a saxophone and it's just as much thrash punk as any song on here. Not that it matters because I don't want to feel like I'm telling people how to make their music (for the same reason why I don't want them to tell me how to write my reviews) but hearing an entire album of songs like "Vanilla" would be grand.
Continuing to push the boundaries of music to the point where it might make question themselves, Complainer delivers on "Pure Vanilla" the type of music that would make hardcore kids proud without being hardcore. It would be accepted by punks without being punk. It just defies genre in that sense and just has this universal message that can be accepted by anyone who shares the same belief that music can still be dangerous.