PLASTIC CROSS: GRAYSCALE RAINBOWS
Craig FuYoung has been my favorite social commentator on modern existence ever since I first read along to “Generica” by The Degenerics. His way of organizing his thoughts backed by the strong emotion in his voice comes with great conviction and leaves a strong impact. When I discovered he assumed lyric writing and vocal duties in a new project, I immediately bought the album before even listening. I was that confident that I would enjoy his new band, Plastic Cross. Right, I was. Lyrically, “Grayscale Rainbows” picks up right where the last Degenerics EP left off (if there was something in between that and this please let me know!), except this time Craig is even more to the point and more sarcastic than ever, yet still maintains a strong sense of imagery. Each song’s message is clear and ties into the overall concept of a drone-heavy future that could very well be now. The 18 track album delves directly into what I love about hardcore/punk while remaining refreshing and interesting. Melodic guitar lines drive the urgent songs backed by bass lines that venture off the root. Not every song has a chorus, but each offers standout parts. They take risks in tempos and structures with guitar tone that’s often as wet as the Dead Kennedys. This time around, Craig screams/sings in a lower register than what we’re used to in The Degenerics and Kamikaze, but it still sounds like him and if you weren’t sure, read along! Stream 3 of the songs below and purchase the whole LP from Don Giovanni.