Published Mar 06, 2020Featuring members of Toronto hardcore bands Digest, Lilim and Animal Faces, Chris take a surprisingly more mellow approach from the sum of its parts. What Did I Do to Deserve This? is a melancholy record that embraces all sorts of unconventional heaviness and song structures to deliver a rewarding experience.
Everything on What Did I Do to Deserve This? is purposeful and carries weight. Every distorted riff has great feel and impact when contrasted against the subdued nature of the vocals. Dynamics are key, and used expertly throughout. Tracks like "The Same Way," "Up Before the Sun" and "Borrowed Time" carry more emotional impact than most post-hardcore contemporaries attempting more. The album gradually builds up to its apex in "Dull"; the song is a twist and turn of major and minor chord changes that truly embodies the less-is-more mantra.
If you are looking for an album similar to the early work of Yuck and Pile, What Did I Do to Deserve This? satisfies that urge nicely. If you are looking for a post-hardcore record with some surprising movements throughout, Chris's What Did I Do to Deserve This? comes highly recommended. (Independent)