Fun Button is a band from Denton, Texas comprised of Robbie Husband, Zachariah Walker and Gerald Howard Holt III. They formed in early 2014 and released a self-titled EP Fun Button which showcase a fun, upbeat rock band with similarities to bands like The Strokes, The Killers and a number of other like-minded garage rock revivalists. At this point the band doesn’t have many striking qualities that separate them from a copious amount of other acts barking up a similar tree but they doesn’t mean they don't have some talent. They still seem to be in the embryonic stage of their development, which makes sense given their relatively recent formation.
The recording quality is decent throughout. Sometimes the vocal felt too buried and some elements could have used more definition but all things considered I enjoyed the raw, live vibe of the band.
The band gets going with “Two Roads” which contains a very Strokes-esque guitar riff. It’s a high-energy song with infectious melodies and a catchy chorus. That being said the singer gets to the brim of his natural singing range at times and barely gets away with it. If some of the high notes of the chorus were even a half a step down it may have helped. As the song progresses there are a number of impressive instrumental parts that got my attention. “Imperfect” also starts with a Strokes-esque feel in general. The band plows through garage rock 101 transitions but nonetheless is impressive. They are swift with the transitions and lock in tight.
The beginning of “Off The Grid” was different but could have benefitted from some more separation on the instrumentation. Something about production didn’t feel as crisp compared to the previous songs. Quite the opposite can be said about the highlight and closer “Adventures of Two Shoes Wilson.” “Adventures of Two Shoes Wilson” sounded good in a number of ways and I loved the gritty classic rock tone to this song. The band flexes their creative muscles and I liked it.
Overall, Fun Button is a solid debut and builds a good foundation for the band. I hope to hear the band evolve on their next release.
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