CD Review: “Get Better” by Lemuria

It is an all-too-rare a treat to find an album that speaks to you so loudly that it makes you instantly fall in love with it. An album that has that type of power contains that special something that makes you want to listen to it over and over again. Usually when you happen to find that kind of album, it moves everything else down the list and immediately becomes your favorite album. The album that just recently shifted every other album down the list for me is Get Better, the current release from the band Lemuria.

Lemuria is a trio that consists of main writer/drummer/sings Alexander Kerns, singer/guitarist/writer Sheena Ozzella, and bassist Jason Draper. The band writes music that can sometimes be described as “three-chord rock.” However, there is also a large amount of “indie rock” in their style, as well. So, the best way of describing Lemuria’s style is to simply call it “three-chord indie rock”.

Alexander Kerns writes the majority of the songs on the album. However, Sheena Ozzella contributed three songs that she penned on her own and one co-written with Kerns. Jason Draper also added a song of his own to the album. The members seem to have the same feel to their writing; so much so that without looking at the credits, it is impossible to tell who wrote what. But of course, that might also have to do with the fact that the band as a whole took the songs and shaped together as a group.   

If you were to take each of the band members by themselves, you would end up with three musicians that would not be that far from average. However, once you take the three pieces to the puzzle and combine them, you end up with a band that is so much more than the sum of the parts. Together, the band has the talent required to create a really good release such as Get Better.

The band’s playing style is the most obvious thing that catches your ear. The simplicity in the band’s style makes the band feel very approachable, musically.  But it is also the sense of humor that each musician adds to their songs that really lets the listener know that the band is something special. That sense of humor helps to set the band apart from the rest of the groups out there.  

As you listen to the album, songs like “Yesterday’s Lunch,” “Length Away” “Dog,” and the song that flows it called “Dogs” all contain plenty of great Indie Rock feel to them.

Get Better from Lemuria begins with the track “Pants”. The track features a strong, driving pace to the music as the band creates a track that is as much Punk as it is Indie Rock. The music contains a sound that gives off a vibe that it was influenced by the likes of Green Day and maybe Weezer. The song’s slightly off-kilter feel is what truly brings to mind the thought of being Punk-influenced. Plus, the lyrics about not being able to resist someone is sung by Sheena Ozzella with a very convincing vocal approach, with drummer Alexander Kerns adding depth by backing Ozzella up with some harmonizing vocals.

The track entitled “Length’s Away” features drummer Alexander Kerns on lead vocals. It is with this track that the band’s slightly skewed sense of humor is revealed to the listener. Right from the start, you get exposed to lines like “You’re Only There Because We Share DNA”. The track’s lyrics come across as Open Verse poetry, which only seems to stress that sense of humor. The music of the track is closer to Indie Rock on this song than the Punk sound that accompanied “Pants” before it.

While Lemuria has not created a Rock Opera with this album, two tracks on the release have a similar style, sound quality and lyrical content. The songs “Dog” and “Dogs” come complete with musical sounds and styles that segue into each other rather seamlessly. “Dog” begins with a strong guitar riff that crosses from the left channel to the right channel in order to create a stereo effect. The song’s musical content is a strong, driving Rock and Roll sound. That strong feel in the music then reappears seconds later when “Dog” ends and “Dogs” begins. Together, the two tracks don’t even make four minutes. However, the two tracks combine together to create a four-minute span of time that feel just right for airplay on an Alternative Rock radio format.  

One of the reasons I have enjoyed this album so much is because of how fast the twelve tracks on the CD seemed to go by. I put the CD on for the first time and was amazed at how fast the album came to an end. I literally looked at the CD player when the CD finished and wondered aloud “That’s It?!” Each song on Lemuria’s latest release of Get Better is great. There is not one misstep on this album, in my opinion. Once you put the album on, the last second of the release seems to arrive way too fast. And the CD’s 29-minute play list adds to the feeling of wanting more.

The expression has always been “Leave them wanting more”. And that’s just what Lemuria has done on their latest album. In my opinion, the playlist that is just under 30 minutes is TOO DAMN SHORT. But I feel almost certain that I would feel that way had the album been twice as long. If you like indie rock, the Get Better album by Lemuria is definitely worth your time and money.

To discover Lemuria and their release of “Get Better” for yourself, you can find the band on the Internet at www.lemuriapop.com.  You can also find the band and their release by visiting the Asian Man Records website @ www.asianmanrecords.com.

Matheson