ALBUM REVIEW: Emperor’s - Chupacabra 2015

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Emperor’s - Chupacabra 2015

I have to be honest, before getting this album for review I had never heard of this Perth trio before, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. My immediate reaction was that I was listening to pop-punk, so if you’re anything like me, you might pull a face at that genre, check that it’s definitely not 2005 and stop reading… Fast forward one week and I’m wandering around at work humming these songs in my head and I can’t shake them off! So what happened?

As it turns out, a chupacabra accosted me, put me in a chokehold and forced me to keep listening, not really. I pushed on and give the album a proper listen on my own terms, and I was rewarded! On the surface it’s an upbeat and straight forward alt-rock album, and while it isn’t breaking any ground in the instrumentation or it’s structure, it’s incredibly catchy. Perfect for singing along to in the car, and worth looking like an idiot to the person staring over at you at the traffic lights. That didn’t happen. The more time you spend delving into this album, the more it reveals.

The upbeat music hides some very introspective and personal lyrics that sound like the inner workings of a teenager going through all the awkward moments and retrospectively cringeworthy times of highschool. Heartbreak, insecurity, wasted summers and other notable stops along the rollercoaster that we all like to forget. The writing isn’t shy like the picture it paints, it’s written from someone who has been through it and learnt from it, matured and even had a few moments of triumph along the way. I’m not normally a lyrics focused person but I’m pleasantly surprised at how much I’m enjoying them on this record.

For me, songwriting and a strong performance are the most important things when it comes to music of this nature, and they’ve definitely got that sorted. It’s not flashy in any way but the tracks are solid, and that’s what matters. Just because they didn’t do it first, doesn’t mean they can’t do it just as well.
If you’re a fan of Violent Soho, Children Collide, Weezer or The Foo Fighters then I would definitely recommend checking this album out. Sadly the band have announced they will be going their separate ways and won’t be touring in support of this album at all, so you’re stuck with enjoying this album in digital form.

(Review by - Daniel Hoskin)

You can grab Emperor's new album ‘Chupacabra’ NOW on Gun Fever Records