Released: May Genre: Punk / Rock Metacritic Rating: N/A
There’s a reason why On The Impossible Past by The Menzingers was by far my favourite album last year, and that was because it invited a listener in. It took me on a journey more than anything, and there was nothing I wanted more after it had finished than to experience something as real as that record came across as being. I love The Future Is Cancelled for similar reasons, although I don’t feel it’s quite as good. The main reason I picked it up was because of The Menzingers comparisons and it took me a while to really get into Captain, We’re Sinking’s second album. I’m still not entirely sure why because six months after buying it it’s one of the best albums I’ve heard this year, but it just didn’t grab me on the first few listens. Now though, I’m certain that The Future Is Cancelled is a superb album, which embodies everything emotionally charged rock music should be. Self-confessional lyrics (‘The Future Is Cancelled Pt.1’) and huge choruses (‘Adultery’) have rarely sounded better, and the album is nothing short of incredible taken in one sitting. It’s very personal, excellently penned, and above all the music is of a very high quality. Songs are catchy and powerful because you feel the emotion behind them and remember the better lines, riffs and vocal moments. Bleak lyrics about religion, alcoholism and broken homes provide dark overtones, even to the most charismatic tracks like the excellent ‘Brother’. ‘A Bitter Divorce’ is sublime, with the male and female vocals perfectly complementing each other as vocalist Bob Barnett delivers his most poignant lyrics. The tracks where the band goes all out in order to impact a listener are extraordinary, and it’s uncommon for music of this nature to make a lasting effect on an audience the way The Future Is Cancelled does.