CD Review: Default / Comes And Goes
Default is back to rock the United States by way of Comes and Goes. Released on October 26, 2010, it is receiving great response from their fans and radio alike. It was released in Canada over a year ago, but never made it stateside due to the bankruptcy of TVT Records. The band kept busy touring and eventually signed a deal with AudioNest, a label started by management firm Union Entertainment Group (Nickelback, Hinder, Red). “Comes and Goes” was produced by Bob Marlette (Ozzy Osbourne, Shinedown, Atreyu). The fourth studio album was recorded in Los Angeles and offers the quartet’s best work yet.
The first song and single, “Turn It On” starts it off right. The up tempo track has everything you could want in a song: catchy lyrics inspired by temptation, lust and rebellion, a great chorus and a catchy guitar riff via Jeremy Hora (guitars). “Turn It On” found its way on to the Saw 3-D soundtrack as well. The next track, “All Over Me”, keeps momentum going. The third offering “Little Too Late” will inspire many concert-goers to light up cell phones or lighters and wave along. It’s about the one who got away, a theme many of us can relate to. “Little Too Late” should be a contender as a future single. “Goodbye” has Default turning it up again. Vocalist Dallas Smith starts off singing, “All work and no play makes another dull day.” Preach on brother! “Show Me”, “Hold On To You” and title track “Comes and Goes” are next. All of these are filled with emotion and feature the great rhythm section made of Dave Benedict (bass) and Danny Craig (drums). “Supposed To Be” has a very cool, Beatle-esque feeling to it.
The real standout on Comes and Goes is found via “Caught In The Moment”. The heartfelt song was written for the vocalist’s son. Smith states “Itʼs a song for him. Me and his mum divorced when he was really young. Itʼs kind of a song for him to listen back to, and he can kind of see where my headspace was later on in his life.” The remaining tracks “Fascination” is very danceable and is filled with groove. It’s probably one of my favorites off the CD due to that very reason. “Yesterday’s Song” is reminiscent of The Black Crowes in certain areas.
Bottom line, Comes and Goes is a great CD to pop in the car during a roadtrip and sing along at the top of your lungs. It’s solid from beginning to end. Default begins a fall tour throughout the U.S.with Hinder and My Darkest Days starting November 17th. I know I will one of the fans in the crowd waving my cell phone.
Want more? Head over to the band’s website for a free download of one of their new songs.