In Threes is a rock/garage-pop group comprising of five friends from Chicago. Though most have performed for several years, the band has existed in its current form since 2015. They recently began performing in Chicago and Michigan and I would highly recommend you attend their electrifying shows if you are in the area.
Their newest six-track EP Germs Everywhere thumps and pulsates into view with “Tether Forever.” The harmonization of piano notes with vocal melody creates a sonic adventure of marvelously, melodic pop-based bliss. Alone, piano and vocals might have become stale rather quickly, but unexpected periods of scorching guitar melodies add another dimension to the track and keep the listener second-guessing as to what comes next.
“Start A War” is the highlight of the six tracks. A whirling, screeching guitar riff teases us into an explosive chorus. Home to the best vocal performance on Germs Everywhere - in emotion, tone and sheer energy - this track boasts an addictive chorus about war, which explodes and resonates with the force of a live performance, rather than one which has been studio-recorded.
‘“Jenny Energized” is a musical exercise in something a little different (and a little insane). Distorted, reverberating guitar is interrupted at intermittent intervals by gentle, plinking piano notes and harmonizing vocals. This to and fro between pop and rock madness sounds as if Queen and Black Sabbath collaborated on a song whilst inebriated… and it’s amazing.
All in all, Germs Everywhere is an impressive effort for what it strives to be: passionate, electric and, perhaps most importantly, fun. It doesn’t break any genre boundaries or attempt to challenge listeners, but it achieves so much by not doing so.
The whole EP feels so effortless; the three vocalists beautifully blend their boisterous voices together and are endlessly supported by crunchy power chords, infectious riffs or piercing guitar solos in the latter half of tracks. As long as In Threes continues to record that very idea of ‘fun’, they will continue to draw in listeners.
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