Leeway "Adult Crash" CDPosted on Friday, December 2nd, 2011 @ 3:00am » permalink
Of the many NYHC bands that have rightfully achieved a certain "legendary" status, I still feel like Leeway just doesn't get talked about enough. All of their records have been out of print forever, none of it's available digitally, and that's just a damn shame. I absolutely worship "Desperate Measures" and have gushed about it here in the past (it's one of my all-time favorite and most-played albums), but "Adult Crash" – Leeway's third outing from 1994, on Futurist Records – is probably their most underrated release. Even as a thrash-laden crossover hardcore band they were incredibly unique, but "Adult Crash" marked a huge shift in their approach. And sure, I can understand why it wasn't exactly well-received by some listeners, but there are a lot of people out there who will tell you, "Ahhh, the last two Leeway albums suck, stay away!" But that's simply not the case.
This is a very solid album that still boasts excellent production values (the bass tone is fuckin' amazing) and some impressively catchy songwriting ("3 Wishes" and "You" are two of the band's finest tunes, period). I guess you could say it's an unexpected mix of post-hardcore and heavy rock with somewhat of a grungy vibe; but there are some slick melodies, and tracks like "10 Years" still possess that nice, surging groove that tends to be present here and there throughout all of the band's work. I guess there are one or two "low points" herein (primarily "The Roulaison", which is 7+ minutes of repetitious instrumentation and feedback with soft-spoken female vocals entirely in French, which suffers largely due to its length, really), but… I'm telling you, "3 Wishes" and "You" alone make this one a keeper. I could've easily written about "Open Mouth Kiss", but that one seems to get just a little more love than "Adult Crash", so I decided to go with the truest underdog this time around. If you're one of those people that gave up after "Desperate Measures", definitely keep an open mind and give this shit a shot. I highly, highly recommend Leeway's entire discography, they're just such an amazing band…
Leeway's first two records are hard as hell to find for reasonable prices these days, but you can still get a fair deal on a used copy of the later albums for the time being, so… if you'd like to score a physical CD, you'd best do so while you can still grab one for less than $10!