By Anna Leung
With the release of Joshua’s Habit’s first CD, Images of Energy, Calgary can be proud of a hometown band with real talent. Joshua’s Habit is a cold rock band that has it all: good chords, solid riffs, strong lyrics and a singer with a voice.
Although the band is less than a year old, it has a polished, smooth sound that’s rare to find. This sound brings to mind the oxymoron of “cold fire”–the pace of the songs are a bit slow for rock, yet they have an essence of electricity that crackles beneath them. It’s the kind of music that fits whatever mood the listener’s in.
With lyrics like “keep on playing for the love of playing, maybe someday it won’t be overrated,” in their track “Cobain and Fame,” Joshua’s Habit exhibit exceptional maturity about the business. Their lyrics show that they have grown up watching the rock culture and understand exactly how exploitive the industry can be.
Yet perhaps the best thing about this band is that while their songs are easy on the ears, they are not repetitive. They avoid the all-too-common style of having choruses dominate numbers and destroy any meaning a song may have.
A new band that has already played such venues as our own Den, Joshua’s Habit is a group on the way up—–a group that has the talent and the promotion skills to take themselves to the top and the depth and understanding to never sell out.