Audiophilia is a band from Wisconsin comprised of Lynzi Hayes (lead vocals), Chase Albrecht (guitar), Cj Gochanour (drums) and Kayla Wrukus (bass/vocals). The band mentions on their Bandcamp page for their four song EP Slapdash that they are teenagers. Taking that into account their music sounds age appropriate. The four members who are quite talented play angsty, metal that is often too serious for its own good and is for sure something I would have appreciated a little more in my younger years.
That being said I still appreciate four musicians who are technically sound and creative and you can’t deny them that. The band is extremely tight and in the pocket more so than a lot of other bands I have heard recently. I have to give it up to Gochanour who has some sick skills on the drums.
The band gets going with a heavy hitter entitled “Trapped.” Hayes has a great voice for the genre and has some similarities to Paramore and Evanescence. It’s a catchy, adrenaline filled song. The lyrics do fall into metal tropes. She sings, “You are stuck living in this eternity. / No way we're getting out, as far as I can see. / Understand why this change of pace cannot be. / No one else here is taking care of me.”
Up next is “Nowhere To Go” which contains another extremely tight performance. The band is on point and quite dynamic from the rumbling toms to the intense guitar solo. “Teach Me” lies somewhere between Tool and Alice In Chains while the closer “Only Hope” out of nowhere has a Van Halen vibe. The Van Halen vibe doesn't last long but that's what I was initially thinking.
Slapdash is a solid effort from a young band that has a lot of potential. Who knows whether they will stick with it or not but only time will tell.
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