I received an e-mail about this group a few days ago with a link to download the Jesus Christ EP. At first impression I wasn’t quite sure what to think about it. I enjoy the chance to hear any kind of new music and am especially happy to help expose lesser known bands, yet I wasn’t quite sure what to think about these guys.
The name of the EP throws me off initially. I’m not a religious person at all, and therefore don’t feel anything personally about the title, but I still can’t help but feel that others would judge, condemn, and write it off.
Also, I at first sight thought that the band’s name was My Best Friend, which seemed silly if anything. The combination of best friend and Jesus was probably not the best combination for going into an album but alas, I downloaded the three songs and felt like giving it a shot. I’m always looking for new music to listen to and I just happened to be in the right mood to give these songs a chance.
All that said, I have to say that I am impressed and am looking forward to hearing more from these guys in the future. The EP consists of three songs, Cracking Eggs, Jesus Christ, and O.D.V.I.P. The opening song shows real promise for the set. The vocals are strong and show a lot of restraint where he could have easily overdone them. He sings with much emotion and his pitch goes exactly where you want it to go. The slow and simple opening is especially poignant for when the rest of the band comes in and supports what has already come with real passion.
The second song, Jesus Christ, is much slower and deliberate in its execution. For me, this is the weakest of the three songs, but I still kind of liked the melancholy nature it offers. Jesus as a topic of songs isn’t a new thing, but they pull it off without it feeling too sentimental. Although when the chorus does blare at its height, it feels a little cheesy for me.
The third song, O.D.V.I.P. is the strongest track of the group. The song initially reminds me of an older Jane’s Addiction sound. The combination of guitars and drums builds up to a genuine intensity to only settle into a sweet groove that really allows the vocals to shine.
So yeah, I like these guys and plan on keeping an eye on them. According to their Facebook page, they are currently working on more songs to release and hopefully an album. This EP can be downloaded here and info can be found at the following places.
MY BEST FIEND IS FREDERICK COLDWELL, KRISTOPHER LINDBLADE, JOSEPH PARKER NOLL, PAUL JENKINS AND DAMIAN GENUARDI
Rating: 4 / 5
Album Review By: Mark.HaTe