Back in the early ’90s I picked up a guitar and quickly started playing cover songs with my friends which included Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins and other popular alternative bands at the time. I quickly wanted to ditch the covers and start playing originals. This is a cycle that’s going to continue as long as young people continue to want to pick up an instrument and not just learn how to program a virtual instrument. The reason I bring this up is because Coffee and Soda is a band based in Cape Coral, Florida that is going through a very similar thing that I was over twenty years ago. The band mentions: “We formed initially as a cover band in late 2019 for fun as a group of high schoolers, but over the past year and a half we wrote our own songs and released this EP.”
On their self-titled EP Coffee and Soda I would say the young band is off to a solid start. They start with “Alone for the Summer” which consists of a couple jangly guitar chords, drums, bass and vocals. The band sounds similar to The Strokes but perhaps a little more funky.
The title track “Coffee and Soda” is more emotive and pensive while “Hot Cinnamon Donuts” was catchy, poppy and easy to digest. They rock out harder with “Serpent’s Kiss” which is closer to Interpol. “Olive Branch'' is a solid but straightforward garage rock and the closer “Capo at 6 A.M.” is by far the most technically impressive song. They go into prog and post-rock territory. I hope this is a hint of what’s to come.
This is the sound of a young band figuring out what works and what direction they might go in. As an engineer myself the logical next steps would be to step into a professional studio and record. The band did a fine job with the home recordings but they sound like they could use some improvement. Overall this was a solid start for the band and I look forward to hearing more.
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