Before I even listened to the self-titled release Golf Course Security from Golf Course Security I had a long hard look at the album cover trying to make sense of it. Robocop, Adam Sandler’s character from Happy Gilmore and Mel Gibson’s and Danny Glover’s characters from Lethal Weapon are pasted on a golf course with a picture of the Milky Way in the horizon. “Is this a comedic album”? I thought to myself. As I started to listen to the music it became obvious that these references to fictional pop culture characters had absolutely nothing to do with the music itself. I’m still baffled of the disparity of the cover art and the topic of the four songs which all have to do with a romantic love interest.
Golf Course Security is a very young band in a number of ways. The three members - Craig Macomb (drums), Jon Ramsey (bass) and Sage Rogers (vocals/Guitar) recently graduated high school and the band formed right before that. Under the circumstances I was impressed by the four-song DIY effort.
The music isn’t the most inventive or technically advanced thing you will hear this year but at the very least it builds a solid foundation for the band. Rogers is a solid singer with a dynamic voice. I really have no complaints with his delivery. He's passionate and sings the lyrics with a good amount of emotion. The guitar playing is simple yet effective as Rogers handles these duties as well.
Macomb isn't a flashy drummer but does provide a very steady beat that keeps the band in time. Hey you can say the same thing about Ringo so I’m ok with that. Ramsey is the other player who does flex his technical muscles on occasion with the bass. That being said like the drummer he isn’t flashy when he shouldn't be and plays what the songs call for. Showing some restraint is an attribute not all bands have who are this age.
The band kicks off with “Slipping Away.” It’s a relatively straightforward song and at times reminded me of Dave Matthews Band and Goo Goo Dolls. The song fits more into the mainstream acoustic pop arena. No surprises but a solid delivery. I preferred the second track “Come Over” which is a little more upbeat and carefree. The vibe sounds good and I would encourage them to explore it more in the future. “Chicken Nuggets” is a well-written acoustic pop song while the closer “Drowning” is arguably the highlight of the four.
Overall, Golf Course Security is a pleasant and enjoyable four-song EP. If the band can make it through college I’m sure they will have an audience to watch them play.
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