Published Jan 28, 2017The Sad Birthdays are composed of Colin Spratt, Peter Viereck and brothers Thom and Jon Bell, whose paths crossed as university students in Montreal. After leaving the band Fleece following the release of their debut album Scavenger, Jon and Colin moved in together, where the latter began assembling a professional apartment studio. The collaboration between the long-time friends has resulted in an effortless-sounding debut album that is 100% DIY, free of any outside tinkering or opinion.
Space Race is a dynamic collection of tracks that will appeal to rock fans of eras both past and present. Silly, lighthearted vocals, reminiscent of experimental rock legend Frank Zappa, are seamlessly intertwined between gentle guitar riffs and the backing of a trombone, French horn, flute, and flugelhorn. These additions help the record to stand out as more than a rock'n'roll album. The Sad Birthdays fluidly weave together elements of the genre, though: "Memories" oozes '90s grunge, while "Radio" is perfectly punk, ending with a burp.
"Does it matter?" he asks, and "Let's keep doing some more!" is the reply, encapsulating the goofy and genuine nature of the band. (Independent)