Aaron Ginns, Fidel Cano, Jake Parsky and Colin Mitchell are the four members of the Aaron Ginns Band. They recently released a three-song EP entitled Fallout. The songs veer towards straightforward rock that revolves around distorted power chord progressions and standard verse/chorus/verse type structures.
The album starts with “Civil War” which is more aligned with hard rock. It’s a solid song with nothing inherently adverse but it feels predictable and largely indistinct. There just weren’t many elements in the music, which stuck out. The bass line followed power chords and the drummer often seemed to be compensating with a superfluous amount of fills. Ginns is a good singer but on this song he certainly sings in a style that feels familiar to other purebred hard rock mainstream acts. There is something in his inflection that doesn't feel far off from Chad Kroeger types.
“Fallout” utilizes the same recipe of basic power chords but is more aligned with ‘90s mainstream punk like Green Day and Blink 182. The horns are a nice addition. They close the EP with “Slain” which is hard to define other than just sounding like a standard rock song. The horns were a nice addition to the song but again at points almost felt unnecessary.
Aaron Ginns Band is a good band with some talent and they know how to write a song. That being said they have some stiff competition out there if they hope to gain a serious fan base. I kept feeling like the music especially needed something else to get me engaged in the songs. It behooves me to say that the songs didn’t leave as much of an imprint as to what Aaron Ginns Band offered that would want me to revisit these songs.
One piece of pragmatic advice I can give is for the bassist to be aggressive and experimental with the bass lines. For the most part he played the root notes. In certain instances that is appropriate but it often held back the songs from sounding like a bunch of power chord progressions strung together.
Other than that the band needs to dig a bit deeper into finding their own identified sound. This EP is solid beginning but I hope to hear them develop into their own on their next couple of releases.
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