"Low Mimetic" By La Historia (Rockford, IL)/Indie Rock/Released March 2016
As modern indie music moves further in the direction of electronic pop, guitar centered alt rock seems to have been on a decline in the indie music world. The style is far from dead however as there is still plenty of indie rock to go around. And Illinois quartet La Historia is one of many acts keeping it alive and well. Formed in 2012, La Historia got their start writing and rehearsing in a hardware store outside their hometown of Rockford, IL. They recorded and released their debut EP Awake Enough in 2013 and following many regional shows and more writing released their first full length album Low Mimetic in March of 2016.
The band plays melodic indie rock that harks back to the alt rock explosion of the late 80s and 90s and is comparable to artists such as Dinosaur Jr and Husker Du. Emotively sung and written lyrics that ride on a wave of upbeat percussion and creative guitar interplay with just the right amount of fuzz and atmospheric effects.
The quartet keeps a strongly consistent sound throughout the album with mid to fast tempo head nodders being the general rule of thumb. Notable highlights include “Fall Right Through” and “Hope to Know” which are driven by swift dynamic percussion, energetic guitar work, and existential musings on life in their lyrics that are highlighted by well placed backing vocals. When the band does slow down on tracks such as “Please Do” and “Mornings, Lately” the melodies become even more worthy of sing-a-longs yet still keep enough guitar buzz and snare pops to keep your attention focused. Opening track “Quick to Find” pulls more from the early to mid 2000s post-punk revival with its more dancey rhythms throughout the earlier sections of the song and “Almost All We Have” is one of the more punk offerings of the record with its more fill heavy drumming and high treble bass lines.
In all, Low Mimetic plays as a great nostalgia trip back to the era when punks were first exploring sounds beyond the chord to chord fury the D,I.Y. movement was known for. Post punk driven by elevated musicianship and harmonious six strings rather than distortion and directness. La Historia brings back the 90s with a passion that shows in their music and gives plenty to enjoy for connoisseurs of alternative guitar rock.