Sincere Engineer‘s Rhombithian is the album I should not have sat on in 2017.
I cannot explain why I set the album aside when I was asked to check it out, but I will tell you that I regret not popping it in immediately. To say this album is “sincere” is not just tongue-in-cheek, but absolutely accurate.
Deanna Belos may be a new name to me, but if you’re involved in the punk scene in Chicago, that is a completely different story. I am sure you can Google her life story, but the highlights are when she picked up the guitar and began writing music as Sincere Engineer.
She mixes melodic punk rock with plenty of emotion and the result is a fantastic debut of an release on Red Scare. This is the kind of album you can sing and scream do while holding back the tears.
“Corn Dog Sonnet No. 7” started things off right with a jam about memories brought forth thanks to a post corn dog-induced nap. This track was full of enough emotion to make anyone just stop and think about those tough days of being uncertain and solo. Luckily, there were more corn dogs to get through the moment.
The descriptiveness in “Ceramic Tile” reminded me I need to buy some more Windex. In all honestly, Belos really knows how to paint a picture with her lyrics.
“Screw Up” clearly related to those on their worst point in life. Christ, I feel like some of the things she sung on were directly taken from my adolescent years when I was a nervous wreck. Bonus points for the “ding” in the middle of the track.
“Here’s Your Two Dollars” was a great track. I loved the music throughout that kept things moving as Belos battled on verbally with her direct inner ethos.
I loved the upward feeling in “1K Rats” because I have felt that all too often in life. New interaction always brings out the most in anyone. Clearly the levels shrink in time, but when the moment is here, all you can do is think and gloat.
“Let You Down” as depressing as hell as it was to listen to, it just so honest. I was reminded of the thoughts that hit me when the wrong words come out causing me to lie awake for hours.
“Keep You Company” not only made me feel old due to the content of young feeling, but also made me thankful I’ve been there.
This album contains some of the most honest material I’ve heard ina long time full of scattered inner thoughts from loneliness to failing relationships due to a lack of self confidence. Belos’s subconscious conversations put to music is the most real shit I have heard in a long time.
Not all punk rock is supposed to be fun and goofy. Sincere Engineer reminded me of that in a big way. If you are reading this and have not listened to Rhombithian yet, make sure you change that . This album is amazing and had my ass not sat on it for so long, it easily would have topped my best of 2017 list.