1) The Seventh House
2) A Nightmare On Seventh Avenue
3) Anything You Want
4) Better Dead Than Wed
5) Full Moon Rising
6) Don’t Believe
7) Teenage Dreams
8) Welcome To My Nightmare
Darrow Chemical Company is the band devised by horrorpunk journeyman J.V. Bastard. If that doesn’t mean anything to you you are probably in the wrong place. Having played with everyone from former Misfits frontman Michale Graves in both his solo project as well as the underrated Gotham Road and the almighty Blitzkid, Bastard is a well-known entity in the horrorpunk world. When he announced a new project a few years ago, it was certainly cause for excitement.
The band released A Nightmare On Seventh Avenue back in 2011, and I am not exaggerating in the slightest when I say there has been nary a day that has gone by where I haven’t listened to the band since then. The album presents a perfect blend of both punk rock and metal all brought together by the unique vocal stylings of Mr. Bastard.
Starting with an eerie instrumental track, The Seventh House, it seems weird until you realize that it leads perfectly into the album’s first real song, the title track A Nightmare On Seventh Avenue. Given that for many, this is the first introduction to the band’s sound, it is a perfect introductory track. The driving guitars and drums, all fronted by J.V. laying it all on the line vocally. At first I wasn’t sure if I was a fan of his particular style, but I can safely say it grows on you and you will most certainly find yourself loving his style.
Anything You Want is definitely one of the band’s most infectious tracks, giving you oddly enough, everything you would want from a song. It touches lyrically on something we all have endured at one point or another in our lives, and the music is fast and heavy. Better Dead Than Wed has long been my favorite Darrow Chemical Company song. It’s without a doubt the catchiest number they’ve done, and if you can’t find yourself shouting along with the words, you may have no soul.
Full Moon Rising is definitely the horrorpunk tune on the album, with its themes of lycanthropy. Given that the song is a tight three minutes and the intro alone is 40 seconds, you get hit hard once Bastard comes in singing of a werewolf’s lament. It’s arguably the best werewolf themed-tune I’ve heard since Lupen Toothby Blitzkid, which if you know me, is certainly high praise.
Don’t Believe continues the breakneck pace of the album and is yet another song with an infectious rhythm and chorus. Given that the song clocks in at under 2 minutes it seems like it is here and gone, but it still sticks with you. The song also segues right into Teenage Dreams, one of the strongest tracks on the album. It’s also the longest song on the album if you don’t count the final track leading to a hidden track.
Speaking of the final song, Welcome To My Nightmare is a fast and wicked track and is definitely one of the most horrorpunk based tracks on the album. It is definitely the kind of track that you could throw on when you are pissed off or you want ambition to get shit done. It comes up and punches you right in the face. And be sure to stick around for the secret surprise at the end of the track after quite a bit of silence.
A Nightmare On Seventh Avenue is a great debut from a band with a ridiculous DIY upbringing. Everything this band does is by themselves, something that any good music fan should respect. Be sure to give the band a like on their Facebook page and check out their Official Website for more links and to pick up a copy of any of their albums!
Better Dead Than Wed