Since one of the previous members of Fast Talkers left some time after the debut release of the Tampa based trio, it was expected that the remaining members would just disband and call it a day. Fortunately with the addition of a new drummer the band is back, and has since followed up their 2017 release, Suburban Nowhere with Awe of Majesticy. The group recruited the help of Frank Calcaterra at Atomic Audio Studios and of “DieAlps!” band, who they worked with on their first release. This time around, Awe of Majesticy has a dirtier and stripped-down live sound. All three songs on this short, but powerful EP are about as real and honest as any songwriting can get. Maybe you too will agree.
As the band explains on “Centered and Breathing” it was their most direct song. It’s about chasing those things in life that seem out of reach, whether it be love, success or keeping a band together. Over time, doubt and complacency set in and you get comfortable with letting things go… until it starts to bug your insides and you continue to pursue your dream – whatever that is. “You should probably stop while you are ahead / You sound a lot better in your head / But it ain’t over until its done / Might as well try for something you love” sums up the song’s mantra very well. I loved the ticking drumbeat and warm, crunchy guitar sounds that played off one another with breaks and spaces between chords.
“Rat Traps” starts off with a quick feedback sound and then into a fast and hard, thrashing beat. This song has a lot going for it: quirky change ups, catchy guitar riffs, slow and fast instrument arrangements and just all-around fantastic energy. The words in the song were influenced while Cheech, the band’s vocalist, keyboardist and guitar player, was living with his uncle during the housing market crash of 2008. Rat traps reference actual traps that were set out at his uncle’s former home – “baited and set in the vacant homes of attics.” Further on, the lyrics “The underwriter / Will send the fax / Just sign the line / It’ll just cost your life” pokes fun with some dark comedy in an otherwise real-life crappy situation.
“Talking in Circles” is a dreamy and lofty sounding tune that starts off slow and easy, then picks up the tempo after most of the lyrics have been sung. It’s a song about not knowing where to go in life or which way one is headed, but at the same time, embracing the darkness that surrounds. The ending to the song gets really damn good, with its mix of energized alternative rock and just a bit of a beachy east coast sound to break things ups.
Overall, there were some nice surprises from this Tampa trio’s second release. I hope to hear more soon.
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