Hailing from the muddy waters of Monmouth County in New Jersey, The Black Clouds have a DIY mentality, and they clearly present it with their dedication and hard work, it’s a sign of relief something so organic can come along and kick you in the balls. To call the album grunge would be wisely unfair. It’s a straight rock n roll record with grooves and hooks that any great album should contain. The opening intro is a calm before the storm, and when the first track “No Reason,” kicks in you’re almost no prepared. Followed next is “Breathing,” which is my personal favorite track on the album. It has a simple hook and beat to it, that is perfectly matched with the vocals to create an atmosphere of bliss and fuck you attitude.
One of the best tracks on the album after “Breathing,” is “Fray.” A song that exhibits their ability to take a step back and instead of playing loud and fast, it’s a slower tune that escalates into a jam. I found myself playing this track more than any other and something I wished more on the record.
The ferocity on Better Days is somewhat limiting. I can sense that this a band that showcases intense live shows and if you’re in the neighborhood, they are a must see. Check them out at Captain Hooks in Seaside Heights on September 20th & 21st.
If you’re a fan of straight honest rock n roll and grunge, I recommend Better Days for you. Support your local scene and pick it up.