Musicians in their 40’s and 50’s usually don’t start bands to become famous. They usually do it for fun and to stay sane. It’s an outlet. A Handful Of Fools are indeed that type of band. The band members seem to be very successful in their respected careers. They managed to take time out of family and work to comprise an EP entitled All You See Is Sound.
The band did it DIY style which I’m not sure exactly why in this case. It seems to me they would have saved time, spent a little more money but would have had a professional sounding product. The audio quality is around that of a polished demo but doesn’t have enough of the qualities you expect from a professional studio album.
The songs are well written and I thought the guitar work was notable. I think the vocal work was good but wouldn’t say it was exceptional. The songs weren’t nearly as influenced sounding as I thought they were going to be. On that note they aren't exactly the most inventive band either.
Up first is “Spinning Around” which is fairly loose and fun jam sessions. The band plays into a strong, funky groove. It comes equipped with a predictable guitar solo. The energy of the song stays consistent and doesn't buckle. They could have gotten away with a couple of more experimental translations.
The band switches the energy with “Object of My Affections” which is a fairly catchy song that feels very general in a lot of ways. The comparisons from a myriad of bands is applicable. “First World Problem” revolves around guitars and vocals while “No Grey Anyway” is a nostalgic ballad. They close with “Burden” which is a melancholy closer.
For a bunch of guys who do this on the side I’d say they get an A. If they were full time musicians trying to make a career out of this I’d have to say there is a lot of things that they could improve upon in order to be successful in 2017. All You See Is Sound is far from perfect but a perfectly enjoyable EP they should be proud of.
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