Billy Conquer is a three-piece indie rock band, primarily composed of Samuel Edmonson (bass) and Stefan Scott (guitar/vocals). They recently released Your Eyes Are Colored Fierce which is a five-song EP.
I grew up on indie rock like Pavement, Yo La Tengo, Built to Spill, Guided By Voices and many others bands in that era. Twenty-five years later and I would say this brand of indie rock is still my favorite. It wasn’t hard for me to get into this EP. The music has strong indie rock roots which I can spot a mile away.
The band opens with “Fight” and we are introduced to a very strong bass line. I could hear a hint of Smashing Pumpkins in the music and there was one section I was reminded of the falsetto I've heard before from Stephen Malkmus. This is a short song but it might be the highlight. It rocks but they also fit in a lot of changes.
They continue with “Wasted Slate” which is another success. The rhythm section holds down the foundation of the song while the guitars give off feedback and notes. It’s a sound I’ve always loved. No need for a rhythm guitar. “Backyard Song” could be the catchiest song yet. The guitar work is great on the track and switches between lead and guitar picking.
“Eyes Colored Fierce” is more indie rock goodness. You get the sense they are jamming but it’s more controlled. I have to give props again to the guitar work which feels like an endless stream of ideas.
“Getting Away with It” is the closer that really just builds on their strength. The groove is breezy, fun and joyful sounding. I would say playful might be another good way to describe the vibe.
Fans of ’90s indie rock will rejoice with this release. It’s that simple. Take a listen.
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