Seattle’s Chris Mess is a rock band that draws out a happening glam rock, indie and power pop vibe. Consisting of Chris Niccoli (vocals), Brooks Clark (guitar), Stephen Page (bass) and Andy Olson (drums), the band goes all out with their rock n’ roll anthems. With a driven energy and undeniable retro sound, the band doesn’t just rehash tunes from the past, they go on to forge a sound that is very much their own take on the aforementioned genres. Meant to be played loud, In Every Disaster, is a six-track EP, that shows the band’s range as they power through these songs with unquestionable energy.
In Every Disaster opens up to “Blink,” which starts off with some jangly guitars. The band is off to a rambunctious beginning. Once Niccoli’s vocals come forward, the immediacy of the track washes in. The band is able to sweep in a classic rock vibe with odes to contemporary and indie rock. More amped guitars ramp up the sounds on “Disaster.” Once Niccoli’s wailing vocals came in, I was getting very The Darkness vibes. I loved the sass and attitude he imbues into his singing. The instrumentals in the background also take the music to the next level. Off to a more sauntering groove, is the slow burning “Requiem.” There was a touch of blues to this song. I also thought this track had a dash of ‘50s and ‘60s pop flavor to it. The long ranging guitars clinch this sound. The falsetto vocals in the backdrop also reminded me a lot of Queen.
On “Queen Bitch,” some fuzzy guitars take the song by the reins. Niccoli’s vocals are spewed out in a fast-paced fashion. I was getting some great power pop vibes from this track. I loved how energized the band was here. On “No Good (EP Mix),” some guitars grow in volume for a whirlwind of classic rock sounds. Once Niccoli’s vocals roar in, you get the sense that the music is coming together here. The band shows they know the sound they are going for and go at it decisively. The band ends the EP with the 13 second closer “Hello Tushy,” an apt way to conclude this record.
The band proves that they have a giant sound on this EP. Packed to the rim with catchy riffs and melodies, the band tips their hat to acts like The Darkness, Queen, David Bowie and more. An amalgamation of sounds from the ‘60s and ‘70s, the band pays homage to bands from these eras, keeping the flame alive for other like-minded bands out there. Fans nostalgic for that time of music will find something here just to their tastes. Whether you’re a follower of classic rock or modern rock, there is a little for everyone here. Be sure you give this a spin today!
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