Grayson McCarthy (lead vocals/rhythm guitar), Victor Picini (lead guitar), Zoltan Lucas (bass) and Max Sperber (drums/backing vocals) are the band Foreign Trees, The band first met as freshmen in college about a year ago.
The band released Wanting More which contains straightforward power pop. They open with “Canada” which sounds like it could be a Green Day song from back in the ’90s but with a different singer. The band is in the pocket and the song is catchy but overall predictable and familiar sounding. It comes packed with a bass break down and guitar solo.
Next up is “Talking to You” which doesn’t sound like a Green Day song. It sounds more like a power pop song. The guitarist thrashes at power chords while the rhythm section supports him. I have to admit it's a pretty catchy song. That being said it’s predictable like the first song and if you have listened to a lot of music you can see the moves coming before they get there.
“Ayatollah” was the highlight to me. There isn’t any flash that was blowing me away but the band pulled off some decent licks. Take for instance the back and forth Interpol style guitar action and the solo. And like their other songs they have a knack for writing something catchy.
For as little as they have been together Foreign Trees has some chemistry and some talent. They have a good foundation here but they also need to push their talents. It’s 2016 and more and more bands are out there are fighting for your ears.
They don’t need to make the songs catchier or more poppy. I think they just need to start figuring out how they can edge out the competition. Don’t kid yourself - other bands are competition.
Overall, Wanting More is an aptly titled EP with solid songs that showcases a promising young band.
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