This Sacramento, CA trio has released a new four song E.P. of heavy, but melodic alternative rock that has a thick shoegaze drone to it. They have released a previous E.P. and know that all bands come to an end, but they really want to get their sound and vision out before that day happens.
With soaring vocals and some distortion as the predominate sounds, this band adds so much into the mix that you get drawn in and they lift you up and then bring you back down to earth again with the slower, shoegaze effects. The songs are catchy, short enough to not overstay their presence, but long enough to give you everything that you want. The band has power, energy and more than enough talent to get into your ears and make you smile while listening to this EP over and over again. The vocals are strong and have so much emotion emanating that it grabs your attention right away, this is not some wimpy vocalist, it’s a guy that can wail and then smooth it out again. The band plays with so much power and yet adds subtle sounds into the mix effortlessly.
This was a definite treat with four tight and thrilling songs that will keep garnering them more fans and hopefully a career that will last for a long time. They say that they know that all bands come to an end, let’s hope that they stay together and keep putting out great music.
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Oh Minnows is a person by the name of Chris Steele-Nicholson formerly of the group Semifinalists, and For Shadows represents his debut solo album. Chris began working as Oh Minnows in 2009, following the break-up of Semifinalists.
Album opener and lead single “Another Volunteer” has fast stuttering guitar work, and then chills a little bit and becomes one of the album’s most melodic and catchy songs. “At The Rehearsal” gets things moving a bit more with echoed, distorted vocals and then going into a euphoric chorus. “A Performance” has the tempo going in and out of slower and faster parts before the soaring harmonic vocals kick in. “Trade” has a sharp electronic pulse that works well in with the laid back vocals. “Some Reasons Why” is a shorter more minimal track that has a great sound. “Everyday” has a gorgeously languid guitar and infectious, shuffling rhythm and is a very romantic and confessional song. Final song “By The Sea” is a blissful and thrilling end to the album.
There’s not really a weak track on For Shadows, it gives the listener a trip that takes you outside of the doldrums and brings you to a calmer, more fun place. The album is definitely recommended and while be something that you will come back to time and time again.