When your favorite bands are on hiatus or enduring the long process of recording new material for their clamoring fans, it’s always a special treat when band members help hold us over with solo/side projects. Because we are often fickle and insatiable, which means if musicians don’t keep pandering to our interests, we’ll move on to somebody else.
Of course, I kid, because I can honestly say I continue to eagerly await the release of Vuvuzela’s debut EP, which I helped Kickstart last summer. I don’t mind waiting, and if I am excited about something, I won’t ever forget that I’m waiting for it. However, it was still a great pleasure when I learned that Vuvuzela‘s lead singer Josh Benash swooped in with a full-length solo album in the meantime. Benash, of course, is also the intense screaming face of New York ensemble Kiss Kiss. In other words, the guy’s got a solid track record, so it’s no surprise that his solo album is premium stock.
At the risk of sounding cliché, The Dismal; The Beautiful is an expansive journey through sound. The deep sense of melancholy permeating most of the tracks is delivered with radiant, spacey tones primed for catharsis.