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Album reviews by WQAQ staffers

Organik Time Machine – Until The Morning Sun

Organik Time Machine is a four-piece band, consisting of Cory Harrell, Jessie Ostreicher, Veronica DeWitt and Matt Grub, who on their website claim to “defy genres.” They put out the album Until The Morning Sun, and when I tell you their music is repetitive, I absolutely mean it. This album made me feel like I was waiting in line at Disney World for Space Mountain or just waiting in line for anything in general. It’s the type of music that’s so repetitive you end up tuning it out without even realizing you’re doing so. I wish I had an Organik Time Machine (or really any sort of time machine for that matter) to travel back a week ago and tell myself to never listen to this album.

In all honesty, it wasn’t the worst thing I’ve listened to, but it was definitely up there. If I had to choose out of all the songs “Get Some” was probably one of their better ones on the album; being one of the least repetitive and a little more interesting when they incorporated different instruments. Although it seems like one of the more tolerable songs a little over a minute and a half into it you start to hear these dreadful vocals that are very auto-tuned and whiny. Read More →

Goodnight Tonight – Watch the Rain

A good way to describe a band and their sound is to compare them to other more well-known bands. Some people, usually the bands being described, don’t like this kind of description because it “labels them” or defines them by other people’s work or some other bullshit of that kind. In the case of the band Goodnight Tonight, however, it’s pretty appropriate. Goodnight Tonight sounds like Paramore if Paramore sucked a lot. The band is composed of Emily Gambone on guitar and vocals, Holly Camp on bass, and Logan McNeal on Drums. Their 6 song album, “Watch the Rain,” consists of some decent vocals backed by really predictable and boring guitar. Overall, it’s just not very exciting. Read More →

Antennae by The Premiere

Ok, this was probably one of the most heartbreaking music submissions I’ve ever listened to here at WQAQ. A lot of times I’ll listen to a band and their music and I’ll think to myself, “Man, this band would probably be better if they did this…” I’ve never really felt as heartbroken about a band’s shortcomings as I felt about The Premiere.

According to their label, they sound like such bands as Die Antwoord and Gorillaz. They’re not too far off. The Premiere is essentially two guys making electronic backing music to some rapped verses and choruses. There are also some guitars thrown into the mix. The rapping is pretty good whenever it shows up in each song. The lyrics are pretty good and whoever it is rapping between the two guys (named David Jackman and Adam Wilkey) knows what he’s doing. I genuinely enjoyed the rapped portions of each song and I wish that’s all each song was. Read More →

The Need by Honey and the 45s

I try my very best to listen to new music objectively when I get a CD from the radio station submissions. Sometimes music is good but only within its genre and sometimes it just kind of sucks, period. Honey and the 45s was thankfully the former. Honey and the 45s are sort of country western rock. I was going to classify them as country, but I could see non-country fans listening to them.

Honey and the 45s consists of two lead female singers and some crunchy guitars, violins, and occasionally some upright bass. This band could probably be in the soundtrack for a modern movie about the old west and I wouldn’t be surprised or disappointed by it. Their name is also pretty appropriate. They’re as old school sounding as a 45 with a little bit of honey, courtesy of their talented female lead singers Kristina Cottone and Kim Kozel. Read More →

A Great Big Pile of Leaves

As far as indie- rock bands are concerned, my recent assumption has been that if you’ve heard one you’ve arguable heard them all. A little acoustic here, with a catchy hook, all set to some melodic base line and you’ve got yourself a pretty standard formula for indie-rock. This was not the case for the band A Great Big Pile of Leaves. A Great Big Pile of Leaves is… well… an indie-rock band from Brooklyn, New York. The group is composed of Pete Weiland, Tyler Soucy, Tucker Yaro, and Matt Fazzi.
Their album You’re Always on My Mind consisted of ten songs. At first glance of their cardboard doodle covered album cover I was already fairly excited to give it a listen. I mean, their CD had a pizza on it, how does that not make you want to listen to it? If that’s not enough their lyrics are adorably hilarious and genuinely relatable. Their song “Back to School” encompasses the short lived expectations and inevitable disappointment centered around every new year of school. I really enjoyed these guys, their overall style reminded me faintly of Young the Giant, which if you haven’t listen to I thoroughly encourage that you do.
The tone of the album overall was very nostalgic. As far as my assumption of indie-rock bands go, yes there is a melodic base line but thrust me guys, there’re worth listening to. The great thing about their style is that it’s appropriate for almost every scenario; “Snack Attack” made for great background music while I studied Bio, but the album is also great for road trips, chill party atmospheres and whatever else you can think of really. As far as negatives on this band go, I couldn’t really find any, pretty much everything about this band I enjoyed. For the sake of keeping myself from going full dork over this group I will keep my comment to simply that I liked them, and to all those daring listeners that you give these guys a try.