CLIMATE CONTROL – Equals Not
Released: December 4th, 2018
CLIMATE CONTROL Line up:
Nicolas Gonzalez | Vocals & Guitars
Luca Zeeman | Guitars
Wesley Smuts | Bass & Harsh Vocals
Brooklyn J. Pakathi | Synths
Ricky Dunningham | Drums
Which country produces the best bands?
Let’s do an experiment. Open up your iTunes or Spotify right now and take a look at the most played section. I’m guessing there’s a lot from Australia because “Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi” and all that, next maybe a fair bit from the US and UK and then…well… if I’m honest, that’s about it. Sure, there’s a little from Sweden thanks to Millencollin, Babymetal and Crossfaith has Japan covered and maybe some indie gibberish from Iceland, but South Africa usually doesn’t make the list.
Well allow me to introduce you to Johannesburg five piece, Climate Control. Late last year the guys released their second album Equals Not after a long absence from the music world, following their original drummer’s departure from the band.
The album’s opener ‘This Time’ very quickly tells you what you’re in for, a strong guitar driven punch in the ears, in a good way obviously. The whole album has a very DIY feel to it with frontman Nic Gonzalez producing it, bassist Wesley Smuts doing the artwork, and what I can only presume is a repeated sample of a band member clapping along in ‘This Time’. Another stand out is the first song released from the album, ‘Brand New’. A fast-passed emotional breakup song that I know if I put on in the car, I’d get a speeding fine driving along to this one in the rain.
For me, Climate Control’s strength comes in their more melodic moments on the album demonstrated perfectly in ‘We Move Along’ rather than the heavier tracks that feel a bit forced. The album ends with a very stripped back acoustic ballad ‘Little Mess Pt II’. It’s funny how bands are often unsure what to do with a song like this when it doesn’t line up with their sound, so they tack it on the end of their album, but it works. The classic one that always comes to mind for me is Millencollin, on Pennybridge Pioneers, who literally just called it ‘The Ballad’.
Definitely get this in your ear holes if you enjoy The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Silverstein or A Day to Remember. Not sure when they will be in Australia to play these ones live but they are touring South Africa with our own Hands Like Houses in March.
Climate Control – Equals Not track listing:
1. This Time
3. The Eyes
4. Brand New
6. We Move Along
7. After the Fall
8. There Is No Rush
12. Little Mess Pt. II