Asher is a band from Chicago comprised of John Perrin (drums), Herf Yamaya (bass), Neil Carson (sax), Connor Bernhard (trumpet) and Asher Myers (songwriter/vocals/guitar). Myers explains “this collection of songs are all loosely connected to movement, the passing from one place to another. Some songs represent a story about a person in my life, while some songs talk about ideas that have crossed through time. Transit also represented a connection to the city where my ideas and influences have developed.”
The songs on this EP are fairly straightforward indie rock. That being said everything from the production to the songwriting to the delivery is top notch. It didn’t take much effort for me to appreciate having grown up on similar music in the ’90s.
The first song is entitled “Find a Rifle” and revolves around a clean guitar groove, drums, bass and vocals. Myer’s vocals carry the main melody and I found myself humming along by the second verse. The song stays clean but is dynamic and comes to its peak toward the end with multiple vocal lines.
“Chicago to Lancaster” embraces a more distorted guitar during the chorus. This song might be the highlight. I found the verse to be even more infectious than the chorus in some ways. At any rate, there was a lot to appreciate including the lyrics which include a great line - “why did you have to find me / I was fine with just being lonely.”
Up next is “Oh Darlin”” and is another song with memorable melodies. There is definitely more than a hint of Americiana on this song not too far from Wilco. The horns also make their presence known.
“Oceana” is a little more quiet, intimate and pensive than the other songs at least at first. There is a well executed build as well but I liked the fact he was showing different sides to his talent. He closes with “Cast to Sea” which is a song that melds nostalgia into the mix along with hope making for a good way to end.
Myers has a boatload of talent and I thought he did a great job showcasing it with these five songs. He is scheduled to make an album next year and I look forward to hearing more.
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