Ben Conley is a determined garage/punk rock artist I discovered not long ago with his latest release, Thanks for Something, released as a single on February 26, 2021. The artist has started his career with a single called Cocaine Headache in 2020 and released three more singles since then, Me and That Devil (demo) (2020), Thanks for Something (demo) (2020), and Thanks for Something (2020/1). Now, please give the album a listen while reading the rest of the article.
Thanks for Something is a super dynamic song with an irresistible drive, tons of energy, and an easy-listening build. Honestly, I am not a big fan of garage/punk rock stuff, but the overall vibes of this song has reminded me of some *loud* punk rock bands from the 90s. As you might also remember from some of my previous articles that we all listen to music for various reasons, there’s no wrong answer to this one. In this case, Ben Conley has decided to keep everything as raw and straightforward as possible, just capturing the maximum drive into the tape, and wanted everybody to focus on the energy. Well, that makes sense to me. Motorhead stormed the world for more than 40 years, mainly because of the amount of energy their music produced. This isn’t the first example of what Ben Conley has done here, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.
Like in rock and metal music, punk rock was also all about the energy when it came out. In Thanks for Something, it is the main and the only focus that makes the difference. When you look at the composition, it is unusually short yet acceptable. At the end of the day, I respect his decisions in this project.