Suburban Nowhere is the debut EP recently released by the Tampa-based rock group Fast Talkers.
This five-track project showcases Fast Talkers’ indie rock sound, drawing from ‘90s alternative influences of the artists that paved the way for this easy-going, yet powerful sound to be carried on to even today.
The album’s artwork exemplifying the suburban cookie-cutter-neighborhood is certainly telling of the group’s overall focus here. They tackle the concept of home; what it means to us and how that sentiment changes throughout the course of a lifetime.
“Been Home” approaches the idea of a home being a safe haven; a place that isn’t always in the forefront of our minds, yet we always find ourselves drifting back there. Vocalist Cheech calls it a, “tranquil purgatory,” perhaps suggesting that home is neither one thing or another. There’s nothing dazzling about it, really.
He sings, “It's just the same old story/re-written to be retold,” which could reflect a few attitudes. For one, home could be seen as a quasi-sanctuary for the mind to decompress and focus independently from the fast-paced world outside of its four walls. Another way I interpret this would be to consider home the one place that never changes. It can go through physical alterations, which people do as well, but it will always be a chamber of memories that recur when you go back.
The group’s sound is clean and emotional. They aren’t afraid to hold off, nor are they reluctant to bring energy to the table. My favorite moments on this record are when the band lets their sound ring loud, like on the final minutes of “Grave Reserve” and “Same Old Visions” which are both songs that have intense drumming and head-banging power chords.
Cheech plays a pivotal role in defining the band’s sound. His whispery singing brings to mind Matthew Caws of Nada Surf, in the sense that he is always collected and smooth in his delivery, always complementing the occasional roaring nature of the instruments underneath him. He maintains a sweet composure, but isn’t afraid to step out of his box at times, like during the song “Suburban Nowhere."
I feel like this band could make a lot of noise with a follow-up to this debut. Their sound is concise and it certainly works for them. Perhaps, stepping out of their comfort zone by dabbling with different instruments, while staying true to their sound could be beneficial to the group as a whole. But for now, this EP is evidence for Fast Talkers’ confidence and momentum moving forward.
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