The four members of Interalia consisting of Megan Vessi (vocals/keys), Felix Eldridge (guitars), Dan Weston-Green (bass) and Campbell Buick (drums) have been working on their five-song EP entitled Amongst Other Things for the last eighteen months. It may sound like a long time but a lot of the songs were re-recorded and the band wanted to showcase their diverse range of styles.
After spending some time with Amongst Other Things it’s safe to say they do display some versatility under the umbrella of rock. Some songs hint at grunge while others have a bit of funk implemented into the songs.
The album kicks off with “Melody In Lines” which feels intensely serious because of the piano melody and waves of distortion. Lyrically, the words reciprocate the overall feeling of the music. Vessi sings, “I lead these crooked reigns on my melody Intertwining thin lines between troubles of mines Give each note a face but no sympathy Give each name a reason to be sick of me.” The music lends itself to ‘70s inspired prog rock. Notes cascade and flourish about as the band shows off some impressive technical skills. “Melody In Lines” is a solid opener but I would hesitate to call this pop.
“Hollow“ starts with minimal piano and vocals. It has a singer/songwriter type feel that really focuses on the vocals. The music is subdued except for the last minute or so, which goes a bit overboard. A blaring guitar solo comes into the mix and seems to be fighting over the spotlight with the vocals. The lyrics and tone contain profound reverence and leave no room for humor let alone a light feeling mood.
“Gravity” was the highlight of the EP. It still felt intensely serious most of the time but the funk bass at least made it danceable. On top of that the vocal melody was catchy especially during the verse.
They close with another solid song entitled “Bohemian Grove.” The bass is particularly effective during the verse while the chorus upholds to pretty standard rocking out.
I have to say listening to Amongst Other Things felt like watching an episode of True Detective from season two. It felt dark, intense and like there was no room for humor. The band did a good job at creating a fundamental feel to their music and they are off to a solid start.
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