FOTA comprised of Vance Manu (guitars), Ben Morton (drums), Jay Sellwood (vocals) and Shane McDowall (bass) is an eclectic hard-rock/metal band. The band recently released a self-titled EP FOTA, which contains five songs. They show some promise and potential with this EP.
They start with “Little Green Friend” which initially has a swampy, Mississippi southern rock vibe. The band finds a groove and the high-pitched vocals by Sellwood come in. Once the chorus starts I gave a little smirk because My Little Green Friend is obviously a tip of the hat to Scarface. In fact he has the same inflection that Pacino has when he says it in the famous end sequence.
The second song “4 Walls” was an anomaly and quite baffling when considering it’s not even close to sounding anything like metal or hard rock for the first couple of minutes. I was reminded of Santana, Reggae and even jam bands. It seemed like the band was trying to meld genres at one point.
Luckily, the band gets back on track with the next three songs. “Bed” is reminiscent of Sabbath while “She Got It” has a funk flavor not too far off from Red Hot Chili Peppers or Rage Against The Machine. “Believe” is the highlight of the EP. It's more dynamic; the music doesn't sound as derivative and the band goes into some creative territory.
FOTA is a solid band and with some tweaks would be a threat. I would like to hear the band chipping away at a sound that defines their originality. Throughout the EP I heard a lot of reference points. This is quite common with debuts but the band still has plenty to prove. Considering the fact the band is technically apt and usually creative we should see them coming into their own with future releases. Looking forward to more from this promising four-piece.
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