- AKA Skwerl • Founder/Editor
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- Los Angeles, CA
I struggle to appreciate most electronically crafted music, but this song is fun. The song structure is textbook pop, but the chorus is catchy and there are some good little vocal hooks. I clicked through to the 'Take Away Show' performance after watching this, and actually liked that version of 'Despair, Hangover & Ecstasy' more than this one. The backing music was more living and breathing, and there were more of those vocal hooks, and a few that felt a lot more vulnerable and soulful. I personally prefer this band more when their performance isn't so perfected. Overall, good stuff.
This is a good song. Always refreshing to hear music from bands like this that you can tell have put in the practice time and put effort into getting the song structure right, with vocals that aren't there just because you're supposed to have some kind of vocals, but because they've got a singer who can sing really well. My personal preferences tend to gravitate towards the darker, edgier stuff, but it always comes down to great songwriting, which I respect above everything else, and I see plenty of evidence of that here. The song has a catchy hook, and most importantly it evokes an emotion and pulls that out of you, whereas an average song would just sit there and look cool at best. This band has the potential to hit big with the right song at the right time. I don't know if I'd bet on this particular song (though it's begging for a big placement on a movie soundtrack), but they've got everything it takes to really connect with people. I hope they keep going.
This is definitely better than 90% of the stuff that comes my way. There's actual songwriting going on here, dynamic structures, and no one's resting on a couple lazy riffs. The vocals don't quite grab me, and the lyrics feel like very well worn territory, but the music is great, and this band has real potential. Would love to see where these guys are at two albums down the line.
Great energy, and overall totally listenable. If I was asked to describe this though, I probably wouldn't be able to say much beyond "straight-up rock and roll." That's by no means a bad thing, but it would be great if you could find a way to stand out and break out of that simple formula. The volume and force is just so perfectly constant throughout the song, and there's no surprises. Take a listen to Witchcraft's self-titled album from 2012. Similar tone and style, but what they get perfectly right is dynamics that really grab a hold of the listener. Putting some air between the power chords, really stripping down at the breakdowns, going quiet in the right places to make the loud really hit. What you don't play is just as important as what you do play.