Decibel Agency is an Austin, TX based trio that formed in 2015 to take on and win a high school battle of the bands with original music. The band has been playing together ever since and has been gigging at classic Austin venues such as Spider House Ballroom, Pearl St Co-op, Barracuda, Come and Take It Live and others. Consisting of Gabriel Borg (guitar/lyrics/vocals), Jackson Hvizdos (bass) and Ross Lewis (drums), the band released their latest album entitled Sound in a Vacuum.
Decibel Agency has a tendency to mix a wide array of genres into their music. From rock, alternative, psychedelic to blues and hip hop, the band blends the all the above categories as they sweep the Austin circuit brandishing a range of sounds and messages. The intimate performances on Sound in a Vacuum are raw and honest. They up the ante with their range of sounds from driven bass lines and psychedelic guitars, drums and with Borg’s smooth vocals that prove a soulful ride down the vast lane of life.
Sound in a Vacuum opens up to “The Tide,” where noodling on the bass starts off this track. The sounds are pensive. Next, electric guitar riffs churn out a psychedelic sound. The vocals are dynamic as Borg sings with a whole lot of feeling and soul.
Following is “Paper Thin,” where the bluesy riffs on the electric guitar pulsate. Borg’s rap style is very smooth and suave. He shows off his finesse backed by cool ranging guitars and a driven drumming backbeat. Reverberating guitar riffs add an appeal on “Peace Love.” The vocals are drifting and sound off with a sonorous feel. Percussions and drums add a simmering approach as Borg spins out some rhymes.
On the closer “Constellation,” the vibe is stripped-down and sparse. Borg’s vocals are alone supported by the sounds of the electric guitar. The track eventually opens up with the sound of drums, percussions and bass lines sidling in.
Borg really shows his vocal prowess on this set of songs. He purrs, coos and croons. His vocals are front and center on these smooth alt-rock/blues rock numbers, and he takes the lead with decisive showmanship. The band shows their tight-knit chemistry as they jam out on these rocking tracks. You can tell the band members enjoy jamming together.
Not to be pigeon-holed into any particular genre, the band has a penchant to color outside the lines. With a free-flowing rap style on “Paper Thin” to a more driven rock style on “The Tide,” the band maneuvers between different modes and styles to create a sound that is all their own. Though varied, the tracks on this EP seamlessly flows into the next song and what you get is a cohesive sound. This is a solid foundation of songs and I can’t wait to see where they go from here.
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