Kaitlyn Morris (vocals), Kian Ravaei (guitar/vocals), Nate Del Carmen (guitar), Joey Handel (bass), and Daniel Brown (drums) are Easemont. They’re a high school band who is showing some potential on their self-titled EP Easemont.
From a technical perspective the band is on point. There were times that I was impressed by each of the instrumentalist’s technical ability. Brown especially got my attention. Apparently they have been compared to PJ Harvey. I wasn’t feeling that too much. Morris occasionally reminds me of Harvey with her singing but the music is heavier than most of Harvey’s material.
They open with “Inspiration Point” which starts with no warning. You are greeted with a barrage of tom drums, a distorted guitar and a steady bass. The guitar backs off during the verse letting the vocals have some space. She sings, “I serpentined up to the point / Determined to leave my mark. / Unveil some avail, sessile pine–I'm burning my eyes in your bark.” The song goes by quickly and the band wraps things up in just over two minutes.
Up next is “Storm.” The songs opens with Brown’s metronome-like precision on the hi-hat. The kid has a future as a studio drummer if nothing else. It’s a heavy song with a number of transitions that took a good amount of technical skill. The young band pack a lot of music into the four-and-a- half minutes.
They close with “Pagan Dance” which again displays their musicianship. It’s a heavy hitting song with a number of catchy melodies.
This is a strong effort that showcases a band that has built a foundation for themselves. The sky's the limit. My only advice is to try introducing some levity into the music. Their music felt very serious and that’s hard to pull off properly when you're in high school.
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