Lee Roberts (vocals/tambourine), Spencer Beck (guitar/vocals), Eric Heames (bass) and Causey Julian Brady IV (drums) are Blue Frequency. The young band both in terms of formation and age released an aptly titled EP entitled The Demonstration Tape.
For the most part this is a ’70s classic rock inspired sounding EP. The guys more or less pay homage to the style. At the same time they haven’t yet found the key that lets them be anything more than that. Being that they formed in 2015 it’s not very surprising that they don’t have much of a distinct sound.
They start off with “Suspended” which is the most overt ’70s sounding track. The initial guitar riff sounds like an amalgamation of The Rolling Stones and The Who. They start out right by rocking out pretty fast and hard. The vocals felt a little too aggressive for the style they were playing. If he took it down about two notches it would have been perfect in my opinion. As the song progresses you can hear elements of Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin. There were some classic ’70s drum fills all over this song. Overall, this is a pretty solid song and I’m happy to see young guys still enjoying the classics.
“Goodbye” doesn't have as much as a ’70s vibe. It’s catchy, more poppy and a lot less intense. A good song but it did feel a little too different from the opener. “All I Do Is Complain” is the closer and the most anthemic of the bunch. There is also a nostalgic vibe to the song. Roberts’ lyrics will find empathy with teenagers and they mirror the thoughts of a young mind. He sings, “Alone in my room / Thinking of you / All my friends are having fun without me / Going bowling and watching TV / All I do is complain / No one knows that I’m in pain. The song ends awkwardly with a metal like death growl.
Like other young bands Blue Frequency wears their influences on their sleeves. They still have a good amount of work to do if they want to follow this as an actual career path. This demo displays some talent but for right now they fall into a category of wait and see. Good luck guys.
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