ED Sedgwick (aka Justin Moyer) is back with an album driven by sharp guitar riffs, grated vocals, and an unparalleled aggressive, take-charge attitude. We Wear White is once again Moyer’s soapbox for his thoughts on various topics. But this time, rather than simply condemning pop culture, he offers up musings on more serious subjects including conformity, gentrification, and choice.
The album opens with “Dirty,” a properly titled opener for this album. From rock anthems, to experimental tracks, to slow tempo concoctions (“Rockin’ the Boat”), to frantic guitar ballads (“Weatherman”) and pop creations (“It Wasn’t Me”), the band moves through genres and styles with ease. Unlike Sedgwick’s past releases, the full band and backing vocals play a more central role on We Wear White. A disjointed nature remains — progression between tracks is abrupt — but it aids in what the band is trying to achieve. Moyer continues to take a strong stance on his beliefs, and this album is a progression of his maturity and ability to share those beliefs and challenge what he sees as the status quo.
(Dischord Records, 3819 Beecher Street NW, Washington, DC 20007)