February 1, 2009

Rock: Thanks To You

(Reprinted from www.ColoradoMusicBuzz.com)

Let’s do a little musical mash-up: start with the members of Panic At the Disco. Throw in the singer from Meshuggah. Now, assume they all went to high school together, which is why the metal rocker hasn’t beaten up the other guys yet. They decide to form a band but aren’t willing to give up their respective genres. Rather than compromise, they just blend their music together. The resulting sound is — dare I say — Pop-Metal band, Thanks To You.

Hailing from Littleton, Thanks To You ventures into the renewed genre of Screamo, Alternative-Rock, but with a Metal influence. The band’s combination of indecipherable screaming mixed with the adolescent sounding, Pop-Punk lead vocals is disorienting at first. However, after several listens, I began to sense why this band is becoming increasingly popular with the younger crowd. Their style likely appeals to listeners who need something edgier than your typical Emo band, but maybe not quite as hardcore as Pantera or the aforementioned Meshuggah. Nevertheless, this juxtaposition may alienate the more mainstream listeners.

Once I got past the vocals, though, I was able to focus on the music itself. Their instrumental abilities are obvious — especially in the lead guitarist — with each of the songs as they are fast-paced, unrelenting and neatly wrapped to the very end. Unfortunately, as with many guitar-heavy bands, the bass seems to be lost in the music.

From their newest release, If You Can’t Join ‘Em, Beat ‘Em, there are a couple of standout songs. “Forty Girls Five Knights” has more emphasis on tag-teamed singing, paired with changing rhythm and catchy riffs. The title track of the EP, though, is steadier, more conventional Rock with the whole band singing and shouting. While it may not garner five-star ratings, the fun they seem to be having during this song is tangible. I would bet the band is probably a blast to experience in concert. X

Band Members: Taylor (vocals), Eric (guitar/vocals), Kyle (guitar), Drew (bass), Ryan (drums)

If You Like: Panic At The Disco, I Set My Friends On Fire, All That Remains, Fall Out Boy

Live: January 31st / The Loft in Colorado Springs


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