A quick look at Injecting Strangers‘ social media presence will tell you a lot of what you need to know about their album, ‘Patience, Child’. The record is zany, quirky, and unafraid to be different.
The opening track, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, propels us into the album with a raucous cacophony of drums and guitar. This is quickly followed up with the melodic track, Lioness of the Old West, that draws you in and delivers a catchy chorus that will please the listener early on. Many of the songs’ instrumental portions are not extremely striking as the tracks are often built around the unique vocal melodies. Richard Ringer’s vocal style is very reminiscent of Modest Mouse or Pixies, and the same style of song construction is on display here.
Lucky continues to extol the band’s commitment to their quirky selves as they unashamedly ply a catchy chorus with repeated profanity before juxtaposing this with the following track Snow that lends itself to a more sombre manner. Haunted Heavens utilises a Jim Morrison type lyrical monologue that may not match the substance of a Doors song but it leads into a pulsating riff well.
Little Shooter Upper is one track that cannot go unmentioned, the Cincinnati band’s talent for creating catchy hooks is especially evident here. It is a short, snappy and fun song to listen to, and one that generally typifies the tone of the record. Nightmare Nancy Pt 1 and Pt 2 contrast well while maintaining the ghoulish, carnival-esque nature of this portion of the album.
Detroit is arguably the best song on the record, providing a mature sound of competency that still incorporates the zany melodies found earlier on ‘Patience, Child’. It’s a floating sound that fits in well with the winding down of the album.
Tea Cup is pretty and serene, a slow fading track that shows a side of the band that they, unfortunately, do not show more of during the album, as they create a beautifully tranquil lullaby of a song. It ends on a fading whisper – fitting for a final song – that almost causes you to forget the raucous insanity that was conjured up throughout the record. When they aim for something more substantial, they show signs of real potential when creating great songs such as this.
It is an enjoyable, playful record and it seems this is what Injecting Strangers largely tried to achieve. Patience Child, is an interesting album to say the least, and one can obtain a sense of fun from the songs the band clearly has when creating their music.