From the Northwest corner of the U.S. comes new music from Foreign Talks, The Quick & Easy Boys and Louisiana-based Super Water Sympathy. Each of these bands are looking to break through as Foreign Talks is releasing their self-titled debut, while Super Water Sympathy has been invited to take part in this summer’s Vans’ Warped Tour.
The Quick & Easy Boys are celebrating their third
release, “Make It Easy” with a two-month tour which kicks off on May 8 in
Applegate, OR. The band’s sound blends aspects of funk with rock to create a “poor
man’s Red Hot Chili Peppers.”
The album begins with the band locking in to a funk groove with
“Hey Hey Hey.” Their sound echoes that of Jimi Hendrix’s latter day
experimental phase as he combined jazz, rock and funk to create a new psychedelic
sound. Jimmy Russell’s vocals range from the gentle highs of “Without You” to the
shout out loud vocals of the rocking “Trace Kincaid.” The Quick & Easy Boys
add R&B flavor to their sound on “Make
It Easy,” before returning to the garage rock of “Let Me Get Down.” The album finishes
up with the bluesy “A Little Hell.”
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Next, we have newcomers Foreign Talks with their self-titled
debut album on Expunged Records. Their overall sound is acoustic pop that
should have no problem catching the attention of mainstream radio.
The album begins with “Denial” as the band walks the fine
line of Sublime’s west coast beach sound and 311’s hip-hop rock, which is heard
in “Santa Cruz.” While there a moments of greatness (“NW Wonka” and “Stay The
Same”) there are also moments of meritocracy (“Hello” and “Save Your Energy”). Let’s
remember the group is still new and they have a solid foundation to work off of
for their next album.
For more information on Foreign Talks, please visit foreigntalks.com.
From Shreveport, LA comes the alternative rock band Super
Water Sympathy with their break-through album, “Hydrogen Child.” The album was
released back in April and earned them a spot on this summer’s Van’s Warp Tour
alongside such band’s as Allstar Weekend, Goldfinger, Outasight and Reel Big
Fish. This is the band’s second release and aims in a more pop/rock direction
than their debut album, “Vesper Belle.”
The album begins with the most aggressive sounding song on
the album as “Uh Oh!” shows an edginess to the band’s writing. Their music
features a more pop-friendly sound with “Purple Poppies” and “Sunday School
Dress” as lead singer Ansley Hughes wins you over with her innocent vocals. Ansley
also shows how strong her voice is in big sounding “Shadow” and the up-tempo
rocker “Pistol.” The album finishes up with the meaningful piano ballad “Magnolia
Super Water Sympathy are wrapping up their headlining tour
at the beginning of July before jumping on the Van’s Warped Tour. For a
complete list of live dates, please visit superwatersympathy.com.