Recently, I’ve been downloading and listening to music like crazy from Band Camp. This is a review of a group of songs by the same band I got from Band Camp- usually it constitutes an EP. This is a song-by-song review and it is never to exceed six songs. At the end, I will tell you the “Recommended Downloading Level”, which means whether or not I think you should spend your time downloading these songs. It’s on a scale from 1 to 5, 5 meaning that you should stop reading my review and download these songs immediately and 1 meaning that if you even think about downloading these songs your computer will be infected with a horrific bad music virus. Enjoy.
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01: “Siren Song” [3:15] -- Almost instantly, this song reminds me of The Canterbury Effect. It takes nearly halfway through these three minutes for vocals to kick in (I won’t lie; I thought it’d be instrumental indie rock, why not).
02: “Oil & Water” [2:19] -- Here we start off with a bit more complex rhythm that is probably being made by a guitar but sounds like a cross between a keyboard and a car honking. Ah, there’s probably a keyboard in there somewhere. The vocals continue in a singing/screaming pattern much like The Canterbury Effect and The Casket Lottery, two bands whom I love and don’t hear enough of these days. This is just some good, solid indie rock sounding stuff. During the “oil and water just don’t mix” line, you can kind of tell the vocals are a bit rough (this is a demo), but the accompanying music sounds right on.
03: “The Boarderers” [3:31] -- This is the first song where I can hear the music is a little rough around the edges, like it kind of stalls and just falls flat in certain places, whereas if it was a fine tuned band it wouldn’t miss a beat. The demo is showing, but when cleaned up and mastered it will be beautiful.
04: “Dead Weight” [4:09] -- We start off a bit slower here, a bit more mellow if you will. There is a definite Police vibe to the music here.
05: “Sleep Well” [3:47] -- Starts off kind of slow, then goes into the start and stops with some indie screaming. This could so far be my favorite song of the bunch. Still, these guys remind me a lot of The Canterbury Effect.
06: “Say What?” [3:31] --This last song actually is an instrumental, so I was continuously waiting for the vocals to kick in and they never did. Still, it’s a nice way to end these six songs, as opposed to opening with this or putting it in the middle of the lineup. The only way this song should be in the middle is if it’s a full length album of maybe ten to twelve songs (or more).
This demo runs about thirty-five second over the twenty minute mark and nearly every second is worth it. I imagine this as being a rough draft and that makes me even more excited for what a finished product would sound like. Do yourself a favor and definitely download these six songs for free before a full length comes out and costs money. By that time, if you’ve listened to these six songs enough (or even just “Sleep Well”) you’ll be more than willing to dish out the money for a full length. Well, played excuseMesir, well played.
Recommended Downloading Level: 4/5