The Toronto-based trio delivers an explosive, high-energy brand of aggressive rock that laces merciless but musical melodies and passionate vocals with rhythms seemingly spit out by an angry calculator. The result is many things: compelling, hypnotic, menacing, but most of all, undeniably magnetic. Look no further than the band’s latest LP, All You Can Quit, for proof. Brothers Ross and Sasha Chornyy never played music together in their native Ukraine, though that changed upon immigrating to Canada in 2004. The pair – Ross on drums and Sasha on guitar and vocals – formed a band that was admittedly far removed from Life in Vacuum’s perfectly calculated chaos; then, they were introduced to acts like At the Drive-In, The Mars Volta, and Refused, and everything changed. “The idea was always kind of rooted in punk, but then we were set on experimenting with different sounds and styles and effects,” Sasha explains. Prior to the composition of All You Can Quit, current bassist Geoff Albrecht stepped in, making his presence apparent in the songwriting process. “We’re very rigid, my bother and I, so it was good to have a new voice in the fold,” Sasha admits. “It’s not so much a new sound as a new dynamic; the chemistry really works.
It's in-your-face sludge punk that fans of METZ and Pissed Jeans (and all the '80s/'90s bands that those guys are influenced by) will probably like - BROOKLYN VEGAN
There are a lot of words I can use to paint LIV's picture -- relentless, fierce, incessant -- and truth be told, they'd all be right. But what I love about AYCQ is that it channels their aggression beautifully into a canvas of chaos -- and it has a more direct, organized feel to it. - PUNKNEWS.org
The trio's approach to their music is dirty but rarely deranged. They pull from emotional roots and off-kilter arrangements to kick up dust with a sense of purpose. - POST TRASH