Manic drums and equally chaotic yet still methodical guitars, raining down amidst classic distortion and snappy, short-lined vocals – Arboreal Aged 14 is an alternative rock anthem with lashings of character and intention.
Fusing a few high-octane, intense riffs with a gathering of voices that proceed to lay out a series of intriguing images, the single moves from feeling like an indie hit fit for the mosh pit, to a short piece of cinematic expression.
The story-line appeals for its mysterious, difficult to pinpoint nature – lines like watch me talk, watch me live seem to echo out during the latter half, right before the instrumental gathers its ultimate momentum, and those unforgettable riffs hit with one last blast of impact.
Very suddenly the whole thing is over – barely past the 2.5 minute mark, yet haven’t said its piece undoubtedly. The alternative angle works really well, particularly the contrast between the rolling drums and the quieter, more spacious moments. This is everything the mainstream isn’t, and it’s done with notable skill but also a clearly passionate, carefree performance style. There’s a method to the madness, as suggested, and this combination of elements helps make this a surprisingly addictive, fascinating and satisfying indie rock track. A real breath of fresh air.