On Venus, Upper Wilds rocket lovestruck anthems centered around the
planet named for the Roman goddess of love at full tilt from the moment
"Love Song #1" makes liftoff. The album's incendiary opening trilogy
crashes with a relentless vigor and addictive melodies. The rhythm section
of bassist Jason Binnick (who also mixed the album) and drummer Jeff
Ottenbacher tear through off-kilter riffs that pound with meteoric impact.
Friel's guitar sputters and froths beneath his voice before soaring into
frenetic leads that pack every moment with powerful melody. Alien croons
and glitching spasms spill out of Friel's wild, filtered humming, amplified
into oblivion. Venus' few moments of respite lay bare the raw efficiency
and beauty of Friel's songwriting, like transmissions home to loved ones
thousands of miles away slipping through the crackle and chaos of space.