Dropping Plates is a four-piece band hailing from Boone, North Carolina, consisting of Jake Fain (vocals/guitar), Ben Burrows (vocals/guitars), Aaron Huntley (bass) and Forrest Britt (drums). An ambitious band that merges together indie rock, funk, groove, jam, and jazz genres, think The Grateful Dead meets Hiatus Kaiyote whilst listening to Parliament. Family Dinner is their debut album and was entirely recorded in Ben Burrows parent's bedroom in Winston Salem, NC; how music has changed!!
The album kicks off with the song "Sonic Identity" a short instrumental track to give you an insight into the heavy rhythmic groove and improvised feel of the band.
This is followed by the song "Padlock" driven by Huntley's melodic bass work and the stunning guitar solo to close it; all the components come together beautifully, from instrumentation to harmonies. Any minute change in the chord, tempo or tone is transitioned effortlessly like a group of people that have been playing together for a thousand years with stunning precision to melodic phrases and rhythm.
And this is where lies Dropping Plates biggest strength, their almost telepathic ability to play off each other, the effortlessly in sync nature of each member, which results in four impressive musicians bringing their outstanding musicality together to create a dynamic, tight musical experience. And like any great band, they use space, just important as an instrument, to give them a distinctive groove sound. The music sounds like a sacred place that you feel honored to be part of.
"Wishy Washy,” "Spun" and "Minding" are full of exciting riffs, licks and feels to showcase their musicianship, which empowers the rhythmic and melodic structure of the songs. It also highlights the band's remarkable talent of merging genres from indie, jazz improvisation and funk guitars; the smooth manner in which they fuse such distinctive characteristics from ranging genres is exceptional to say the least.
Overall, Family Dinner is an impressive debut record of four undeniably talented musicians. I enjoy the live feel of the recording but think with better resources and experience to record their sound, this ambitious group can produce even more expansive music. I can't wait to hear their future efforts!!
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