A funny fact about the band Closer Than Ever. Aside from their drummer MatthewStenfort , the rest of the band members do not play their primary instruments. They are actually all saxophonists. I have to admit that I was curious about what the band would sound like with three saxophonists and drums. Sounds pretty interesting to me. For this EP they approached it from a pretty standard rock format. Dante D'Angelo (vocals/guitar), Colin Hastings (guitar), Nathan Howland (bass) and Matthew Stenfort (drums) are the players on their release Away.
The members are young students and the topics reflect that. D'Angelo sings about relationships, lose, hope and more. It felt like pretty standard coming of age topics that reflect the thinking of a young man contemplating his surroundings and feelings.
The EP opens with “Thing We Call Love” which is a pop/rock song. It’s a pretty straightforward song that revolves around clean guitar, a catchy chorus and a slight by the beach Jack Johnson vibe.
Up next is “Video Game” which has an upbeat carefree vibe where he starts questioning the decision he made in his life. Up next is “Galaxies” which has a chill, funky vibe while “Children of Tomorrow” is a contemplative song which has resemblance to The Dave Matthews Band. The EP closes with the nostalgic, melancholy and thought provoking “All Gone Away.”
The production/recording quality is about demo quality. There will need to be pretty significant improvements in the future if they hope to compete with professional quality recordings which is easily achievable with the proper team.
The songs felt pretty familiar overall. I’d like to see if the band can narrow in on a more specific sound instead of such a general vibe that has been replicated countless number of times before.
I’d say this is a solid start and certainly showcases some potential. I’m hoping to hear more saxophone on their songs in the future.
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