Written By: Fletcher Bonin
With their 2006 release Unicornography, The Falcon enmeshed themselves permanently into alternative and punk rock’s heyday of the early to mid 2000’s. Lead singer Brendan Kelly’s raspy vocals roar over epic drum sequences and imaginative guitar riffs. For the millennial, there is certainly something nostalgic about The Falcon’s sound. If you grew up on Green Day, Blink-182 and Third Eye Blind like yours truly, you will definitely find something to like in Unicornography. As the title suggests, the album is ridiculousness made harmonious. While at the time of the album’s release, there might not have been anything especially distinctive about The Falcon’s sound, their lyrical themes and hardcore style might prove more relevant now than ever.
It is not news to anyone that rock music’s popularity has fallen off over the past decade as the advent of rap and EDM have come upon us. It is group’s like The Falcon that keep the sound alive and refuse to let it fade into the history books or be relegated to the dusty corners of our fathers’ iPods. Now as ever, The Falcon refuses mainstream pressures to auto-tune their vocals into oblivion or go acoustic and join the indie bandwagon. Rather, they persist in the hardcore style of rock’s hardest rockers. Indeed, Unicornography belongs much closer to the likes of Rise Against than the aforementioned punk bands. This is music to be blasted through your old Camaro’s stereo as you fly down the high way, to be pounded into your brain via your headphones before a championship wrestling match, or the soundtrack to your Tuesday night fight club. Their music is violent, pure, unapologetic and totally satisfying.
Originally released as a single to wide acclaim, ‘The La-Z-Boy 500’ is my favorite track. It has the pulsating guitar instrumentals that swell into riffs as the song progresses that characterize all great mainstream punk songs. It is perhaps for this reason that the track did so well in the mainstream. Brendan Kelly sings the refrain, “When the bell tolls I’ll be fine, they say that livin’ is a lot like dyin’, lot like dyin’’. The song continues in this dark mood, sung in a happy and perhaps even manic tone that belies the lyrics’ import. ‘Blackout’ is another great classic punk tune, along with ‘Unicorn Odyssey’. If you need an outlet for some rage or you’re simply thirsting for the rock sounds of yesteryear, check out Unicornography.