ID Required is a three-piece band from Manitoba, Canada comprised of Tanner Stregger (guitars/vocals), Troy Graham (percussion/vocals) and Jakub Czypinski (bass guitar). The band members have known each other since kindergarten and they started playing music in 2007.
Their first release You'll Be Fine is a demo quality release that showcases familiar aspects of the rock genre. Take for instance the opener “May” which felt like a standard hard rock song mixed with a little blues. The song by all accounts felt very influenced from myriad bands. It’s a song that would sound great at a local bar but not something that could be the next big thing.
The band plays homage to Pink Floyd on “Purple.” They shoot for a more cosmic, contemplative sound. The lyrics are just as contemplative as the music. A little after the two-minute-mark the band starts to effectively rock.
Up next is “Cruising In F#” which is a basic blues scale with some classic rock style tropes for effect. It’s an instrumental song with a guitar solo. The highlight was “You'll Be Fine” largely in part to the vocal performance. Unlike some of the other vocal performances Stregger finds his natural range where he sounds very good. The song also seems like an obvious tip of the hat to Pink Floyd in a number of ways. They close with a catchy and fun garage rock tune “To Cage An Animal.”
ID Required is a solid band but they still have some work to do if they want to compete with some of the most inventive rock bands out there today like Deerhunter, Grizzly Bear or Viet Cong. The band sounds very different on most tracks and doesn't have much of a defined sound for themselves at this point. If they want to take it to the next level it's something that will have to be a little more apparent in future releases.
The band has talent in the songwriting and delivery department but in terms of really finding a unique, distinct sound they fall into a category of wait and see.
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