The band plays at one speed, one sound level,
from beginning to end.
4 Lb. Robin
Don't know all that much
about this band, other than they're a 5-piece that hails from Omaha and have been around
less than a year, playing at assorted venues throughout the city.
The two-song demo was "recorded on CPU," according to the
marker writing on the jewel case. In other words, this is truly a homemade job, and the
sound quality reflects it. It's relatively thin; the drums sound a lot like someone
tapping on cardboard boxes. The guitars sound sloppy. I'm not sure I'd be sending this
recording around for review, but obviously these guys are proud of these songs and want
Outerspace, the first track, is a trippy little number that
blends a grungy guitar sound (on the verse) with a Grant Lee Buffalo falsetto (on the
chorus, or is it the bridge?). Not bad, but probably too long, and definitely the better
of the two songs.
Nothing seems to stand out on Pipedream,a sort of R.E.M.ish
wandering jam that goes on too long. The recording here is particularly thin. You would
never know they're a 5-piece. What's missing from both songs is a definitive, memorable
hook or some dynamics. The band plays at one speed, one sound level, from beginning to
end. They could add a lot of dimension if they just added some dynamics. It's as if they
have a set song and pattern down pat and don't want to wander from it. Mix it up, boys,
don't be afraid to let your instruments do the talking.
Maybe a live format would help. Yes, I have seen these guys live,
but it was on a night where their sound system was suffering some nasty problems and they
had to stop a few times during their set. It would be wrong for me to comment further, and
unfair. Certainly both of these tracks have the capability of sounding cool live. Or maybe
the band just needs to get a little more experience under its belt. Either way, they're
trying to bring a true alternative pop sound to Omaha that's not being heard around these
parts in quite a while.
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