Do you like blues? How about rock, and progressive music? Do you want them all bundled up in a cozy wrap of classic sensibilities? And…does the sight of a skull in a sunflower intrigue you? If so, the self-titled EP Brothers & Sisters from Brothers & Sisters is just the thing you’re looking for.
“Front Door Blues” is everything a blues song should be, and everything a gritty rock song should be, all at the same time. Molly Martin’s vocals are super powerful and she passes the lyrical content on to the listener really well, using nuances in her voice to relay the message effectively.
Hannah McCarthy’s vocals in “The Music Will Play Again” are similar in theme to Martin’s but have their own edge to them and assume a more consistent mid-range sound. About halfway through the guitars, drums and bass take over for a bit and tickle the senses, while the vocals reappear and just blast everything higher than before.
“Show Me The Way” is a charming song; every part that contributes to the overall sound is amiable and cheery. There’s so much emotion behind every single word, and I can’t help but admire how well the vocal delivery has been and continues to be on this album, particularly here. This was a song written by the guitarist about one of the lead singers, and you can just feel how personal the piece truly is.
“Blue Moon” begins with more of a conceptual sound than the others, with plenty of waaahhhh in the guitars and what immediately struck me as a Black Sabbath inspired riff. I love the call and response of the guitar with the vocals and the Miami Vice type sound echoing way in the background. It’s sludgy, it’s heavy, and it’s completely different from the other songs here – but that’s a good thing all the way around. I would not mind hearing an entire album that went in this direction, particularly to incorporate the fact that the guitarist and the drummer seem to just break their shackles near the end of the song and display an impressive amount of technicality.
What inspires me about this band is the fact that they have managed to encompass a very classic sound – but they are all very young! Even more admirable is the technical acumen and ear for music that they all have. They sound as though they have already come so far, yet the road ahead is still very bright and wide, and I am very excited to see where their career takes them!
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