I didn't know Spiderman existed in Britain. Call me stupid, but I thought he was an American thing. #1 Defender has taught
me otherwise, though. All three song titles and the album title are references to Spiderman. That's pretty cool in my book,
as I love Spiderman.
#1 Defender is, at its core, a melodic emo band. They play every riff, every note with a melodic flourish. No foolin, it's
evident just about everywhere. The first song, titled "MJ (The Girl Next Door)", is completely melodic, mixing swirling single
note melodies over a nice drumbeat. The high, clean vocals fit very well over this, making this song into an amazing elegy.
The singer has an impressive range, which he uses to full extent on this song. "An Incident At Oscorp" is much more punky
than the previous rock offering, and subsequently the vocals aren't as good. Thankfully, the infectious riffs make up for
it completely. The 8-minute "Welcome to Springwood (A Nice Place To Live)" has a bit of everything. It features their hardest
moments, their softest moments, and everything in between. I mean, in 8 minutes of straight rock, you've gotta change it up
somehow. The catch to this song is in the middle, where they pit a melodic section vs. machine gun bursts of hardness. The
only problem is that it feels like a lot of songs strung together instead of one cohesive unit.
This brand of melodic emo isn't being done too much. It's upbeat and pretty, and it's quite awesome. #1 Defender surely
has the patent on it, cause they do it so well. This album is really quite incredible, with hardly anything to degrade. It
just needs to get longer. Not song length (Please don't make those longer) but in volume. If you live in Britain, listen to
the Defender. Or I'll attack you. Wouldn't that be ironic.