Ignis is a two-piece rock band based in Albany, New York by brothers Tristan and Colby Beach. They released a complete DIY entitled The Face of Mars. The band just formed in 2016 and they do sound like they are currently in the embryonic stage of their development.
Their music is straightforward rock mostly revolving around 4/4 time and minor and major chord progressions. They open with “A.S” which was one of the highlights mainly because of the catchy vocals. The music is comprised of jangly chords. There are some noticeable times they get out of the pocket but sort of adds to the raw, garage rovk vibe.
Up next is “Not Yet.” This may be before their time but the song has a riff that sounds strikingly similar to “When I Come Around” by Greenday. I had a hard time understanding the lyrics on “Don't Go” but did enjoy the drama he puts into his voice. The piano led ballad “Chloe Dancer” was not what I was expecting but I enjoyed the track while “273” is a slightly funky but mostly distorted rocker that includes more unique vocal styling.
“Tunnel Vision” is arguably the highlight which sounds like a mix between Under The Bridge by Red Hot Chili Peppers southern rock and post rock. It also was on of the catchiest vocal melodies and appreciated it much more that I could make out the lyrics on this song.
“Could it Be” also has its moments and was one of the songs that stuck out to me. The closer is darker and moody in a Joy Division type of way.
The band plays into a lot of different styles and I was having a hard time finding the foundation to a signature sound. It seems like they wanted to go in different directions which can be fun as long as the album feels cohesive.
As an engineer and producer myself I think one of the most logical next steps to be thinking about is stepping into a reputable, professional studio to bring out more of the potential of the songs. There were obvious issues with compression, masking frequencies and M/S information that an experienced engineer could address with ease.
Overall, I was really impressed with how solid the songs were for how little time this particular project has been together. I’ve been writing and teaching music for over twenty-five years and could spot the talent. I’m looking forward to the evolution of the band.
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