The first full-length album from Northern Virginia rockers, The Sometimes, Cicada Nation contains 11 original compositions that include personal songs of self-reflection and discovery, narrative-based storytelling, and cathartic rock songs crafted over years of live performances in bars and breweries across the Commonwealth.
The title track examines how the pairing of new technology with reach of the internet and how nearly anyone to share art and ideas for public consumption. Like a brood of cicadas emerging from the earth, modern music creates a wall of sound that's instantly recognizable yet void of individuality. With the swell of guitars and a carefully crafted hook, the group addresses its own contributions to the noise.
Responding to this call, Cicada Nation covers a variety of character studies from multiple perspectives and reflects the musical personalities of each songwriter while demonstrating the band's commitment to authenticity in art. Tracks such as “Believe It” and “Fading Back” serve as a source of introspection remorseful apology. “The Job” features a Bonnie-and-Clyde story gone-bad. The Springsteen-esque “Down” tackles the subject of making it another day during the housing crisis and while “Footprints” offers a soulful, nostalgic look back on life—years after the veneer is gone. “Wednesday Night” offers a laid back tempo and memorable chorus, while alt-rock influenced “Cover Up” and the richly-layered harmonies on “For Long” reach back to garage rock greats like Big Star. “Standoff” addresses the combative and vitriolic culture of third-rail politics.
Kevin Fahy- vocals, electric & acoustic guitars Nick Heun- lead guitar, vocals Burt Glassman- bass, vocals Brian LaFleur- drums, percussion