Song review: Cast Aside
Band: Electric Zebra
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Date of Release: 24th December 2013
Genre: Alternative Rock
Disclaimer: I couldn’t find a suitable pic for these guys, so instead I chucked up the pic of what this band’s name immediately reminded me of. Enjoy!
Every now and then we get a submission that really takes me back to when I was a teenager writing indie songs with my mates and jamming our hearts out having a grand old time. It was a simpler time, before the internet was a massive thing that EVERYBODY had, and before every band and his dog was able to pitch the fruit of their labors to the world at large with just the click of a button. How times have changed
This is a pretty damn groovy little submission actually, plenty of funky lead work and stuff going on over the top of the track which lets the rhythm guitar and bass pin everything together with the drums. None of it is virtuoso level, they are after all only 17 from what the bio tells me (Ascension
, you bastards stay the fuck out of this), but the aesthetic does not call for that at all. It’s stripped back and raw, and in typical garage band fashion, was all recorded in the prestigious “Adam’s Basement
” recording studio. I can’t imagine where they managed to pull the funds from to enlist the help of such an eminent studio, but I have my suspicions…. *cough* cocaine dealers *cough*
As far as technical aspects go, the drums noticeably slow down in parts, which is something that needs to be fixed, the guitar technique could always be a little bit sharper, but it’s not horrendous by any means. The solo is simple but fits really well, which is a good thing, otherwise this song had the potential to become very stale if there wasn’t something to break up the structure. The bassist grooves along with the rhythm guitarist, thickening up the main riff which is cool, and the vocalist has that effects-laden sound that a lot of indie bands rock, and it comes across well. The drumming is realllllllly basic, about on the level of that kid who shoves crayons up his nose at school. It’s one step away from shoving a bit too far and ending up with brain damage
The lyrics are actually really great, very well written and the vocal rhythm is spot on for the song. The structure is spot on for the genre, and the melodies are pleasant and well done. Not too much to fault really, and I had no problem listening to the song 10 times for this review.
Production: not too bad considering garage band/10 (7/10)
Overall IPHYB Rating: 7.5/10
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