by Constantines (Shine A Light, 2003)
The Canadian band's second album, the first to be released outside Canada on Sub Pop, remains the bands benchmark after being voted number 172 in Pitchfork's Top 200 bands of the 2000s. Since then they have released two more albums to a similar standard, although Tournament Of Hearts fairs a bit better than their latest album, Kensington Heights. However, we mustn't forget that the 2001 debut effort deserves just as much praise.
Constantines play rock music. Authentic rough-edged, crunching, resonating rock music. Steve Lambke's vocals complete the sound with his distinctively dirty pipes lending an aged, forty-a-day biker feel to the songs. The shaking percussion at the start of the 'Insectivora' conjures up imagery fitting for the title before settling into a more regular rhythm. Gentle guitars complete the intro before a vibrating bass line starts shaking your old single-glazed windows in their frames. The song adopts a mostly pumping rhythm throughout with mounting guitars in ascendant providing a bit more of a typical rock sound. All of these elements combine with the lyric “I'm learning to survive” to provide a climatic ending.