Friday, July 26th, 2019


Not much of it between the scores…


Ryo Miyauchi: BiSH reaffirm their reputation for not only frequently returning to safer ideas but also recycling previous successes. “DiSTANCE” is just “My Landscape” but noisier and with rougher compression, and they only encourage the comparison by slotting the former as the opening song to their latest album, just like how the latter kicked off THE GUERRiLLA BiSH. They inflate devastation from loneliness as they are wont to do, and Aina the End is predictably assigned as the song’s main voice, squeezing every bit of melodrama from her signature rasp. The resulting bloat drags down a group of idols who thrive off manic live energy.

Iain Mew: Yelling at the world until your voice cracks, all levels in the red, is an exhilarating sound. Even tacking it onto a conservative bit of rock for contrast can’t bring it down completely. 

Alfred Soto: The intensity rivals Control Top’s, especially when the vocals pretend the sequencer is an encumbrance. It’s not stranger than the usual BiSH, but it’ll do.

Ian Mathers: The best thing here, absolutely, is the way that when the chorus bit comes in it actually feels overwhelming, a desperate scree of noise matched by the anguish in the vocals. The rest of the song is good too, but mostly as a sturdy structure to hold those scrabbling, frantic moments of release.

Joshua Lu: The gradual build-up to the chorus is assembled perfectly, with the churning guitar melody adding a delicate tension to the vacant delivery. That maelstrom of a chorus would have been a satisfying reward if the constantly crashing cymbals, which register as white noise after about fifteen seconds, didn’t suffocate it all, and the way they seep into the bridge only exacerbates the issue.

Iris Xie: I will always be a fan of watery sounding guitar riffs and anguished vocals. That said, though the singing is passionate, “DiSTANCE” is unfortunately still pretty far from being a stunner, because the last third seems to lose steam in both arrangement and mix.

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