The Smoking Revolvers’ album expresses “Broken Hearts”

By Carl Nadig

The young, upcoming band, The Smoking Revolvers, made its first mark on the DeKalb music scene Saturday with a heartfelt album, “Broken Hearts Club.”

The Smoking Revolvers are an alternative band from Elgin who met before graduating from Central High School in Burlington. In 2011, the band changed its name from Black Out and continued with its garage jamming sessions.

Recording its first sessions in JoyRide Studio in Chicago, the band began the production of “Broken Hearts Club” last year. The band members couldn’t afford to produce the album near Thanksgiving and had to postpone the release. Given the album’s central motif of shattered relationships, “Broken Hearts Club” feels appropriate for Valentine’s Day.

With influence from bands like Green Day, Blink-182 and Creed, “Broken Hearts Club” is a crisp production of alternative rock. The clear and direct downbeat guitar chords and simple progressions embedded in bluesy rock n’ roll give the album a solid collection of alternative tracks.

“We first started off as a punk band, and we progressed more towards a garage band,” said vocalist Virgilio Gamero. “The message would be some relationships work and some don’t, and when they don’t you may feel like it’s the end of the world. But after you’ve had some time with your friends, it’ll be OK. It’s about a crystallized support group for people who’ve had their hearts broken and they get together and help you carry on.”

“Broken Hearts Club’s” tone has a clear purpose of expressing the sorrow of a broken relationship, but nothing more. The album doesn’t offer anything deeper than what it advertises. The core weakness of the album is that it lacks a variety of dynamics and is limited to either black or white, not shades of gray.