Figures – ‘Filter’ [Review]
Incubus. Tool. A Perfect Circle. Three of the greatest alt-rock/metal acts of all time. And key influences on Filter, the upcoming single release from the Australian underground jawbreakers known as Figures.
You could easily count me in just on the above alone – but throw in socially conscious lyricism addressing the social media attention sink and an inevitably impeccable mixing job by Karnivool über-producer Forrester Savell, and I am straight up fucking won over here.
On this evidence, Figures deserve to shatter every glass ceiling in existence and graduate to a whole new level of success. As far as constructive criticism goes, in the video below vocalist Mark Tronson’s stage presence owes a little too much to Brandon Boyd’s influence – a niggly detail maybe, but where Figures are going if they keep this level of excellence up, even the smallest adjustment makes a major difference in terms of competitive advantage, and there are plenty of people out there who would happily write these guys off as Incubus clones given the tiniest hint of a chance. As far as I’m concerned, those people can fuck off – and starving them of ammunition as a preventive measure will be a good move.
That said, Filter is an incredible, incredible track – and hopefully an indicator of more ambitious efforts to come.
TMMP RATING: 93%