Your Favorite Band Cannot Save You is a weird, compulsively readable Lovecraftian adventure. While it suffers from some shallow side-characters, the sheer insanity of the plot and the great first-person narration make it an easy recommendation.
When a music blogger stumbles across a band on SoundCloud that makes him listen to a 6 minute track on repeat for hours at a time, he has to announce it to everyone he knows. But the nature of the band, who are releasing one new song a day up to the full album of 10 songs being complete, is in question as the effects of their songs on people get weirder and weirder.
Much like the music by Beautiful Remorse in Your Favorite Band... hooks the listener in, this novella is immensely readable. It’s rare for me to feel such drive to just keep on reading and reading, but I sat on the floor and just devoured this story. It’s hard to express the quality of writing that can make a story so addictive that you feel such a drive to keep reading while being entirely unaware of your surroundings, but Scotto Moore manages it greatly here. I loved how the story escalated, and I thought the main character was a great narrator, despite his awful decision making.
I would have liked to know more about other members of the band than just the lead singer, but that is also the nature of the beast with a novella.
I can’t wait to see if there will be anything more written in this world, or just what Scotto Moore comes up with next. I’ve never read anything of his before but now I’ll be keeping an eye out with keen interest. 4 stars.