Iggy Mont (vocals/guitar), Danny Ian (guitar/vocals/keys), E. Mont (bass/vocals) and Erik Arguelles (drums) are Dead Potions. The band from California recently released Burning which is a four-song EP. They are a certified rock band but the band displays slightly different styles on the songs. In general the band seems to have a ’90s alternative sound that can be referenced to slightly different years.
Burning is a DIY effort and I was very impressed by the sound quality. As far as I know everything was recorded live with pretty basic gear. The mix is really good. I thought the guitar sounded huge and was even more impressed by the snare tone.
They open with the title track which reminded me of bands ranging from Blur to The Strokes. That being said the chorus on this track has more of mainstream metal vibe to it. The song is dynamic not only in how they play but the way it's produced. On the chorus a drastically different drum and guitar sound is implemented. The song is pretty catchy overall without breaking any boundaries.
The next song “Glowing Lights” has a distinct sound that reminded me of Weezer. That aspect of the music really comes out during the guitar-heavy chorus. The main melody on the chorus was pure pop and arguably the best hook on the album.
Up next is “Leathery Wings.” The thing that separated this song from the previous two was the ’80s vibe on the chorus. They have a bit of a Bon Jovi/Scorpions vibe. The lead guitar fill really certified my assumptions
The closer “Day Walkers” mixes elements of alternative with more ethereal moments that you might expect from a band like U2.
Dead Potions seemed to have a mix of various influences within the album. The overall sound between the four songs was a little scattered to me but nothing too out there. I enjoyed the band's energy. The songs have a lot of power to them and garner your attention. Recommended.
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