Ketch Harbour Wolves Dead Calm Horizon

Ketch Harbour Wolves Dead Calm Horizon
As the sun sets on the halcyon days of the Canadian indie rock revolution, it's inevitable the clones have emerged to fill the vacuum. This Ontario- via Nova Scotia-based group do an admirable job of pulling from the best Canadian rock has to offer. Arcade Fires' dense orchestrations, Wintersleep's harmonies, the Dears' melodrama — no stone was left unturned in crafting Ketch Harbour Wolves' musical arsenal, and that's fine. That nothing memorable comes of the noise is the problem. The anthemic rock that's concocted from the brew aims big but never reaches its destination. Songs build, plateau early and then quickly fall flat. To cut through their influences, this five-piece need to write some choruses — big ones. Unfortunately, choruses are the only things missing from the mix. It's not that Dead Calm Horizon is a bad album; we've just heard this one before. (Independent)