Bobby Danzi (lead vocals/guitar), Russell Hegedorn (bass/vocals), and Reed Silverstein (drums/vocals) are the three members of Interstate. The band formed in October 2015 and immediately got to to work. That’s no joke as the band already released a polished four-song EP entitled Songs.
Interstate is a no frills rock band and are off to a solid start with these songs. At this point the band isn’t on the cusp of inventive rock music but given how long they have been together this band has a lot of potential.
The songs are fairly simple yet catchy. That being said the band is no short supply of technical talent. Whether it’s a classic guitar solo with a myriad of notes or the fury of drums implemented by Silverstein the band brings the goods.
Up first is the “Fingers Crossed” which opens up in a familiar way that just about guarantees these guys are going to rock. Waves of feedback are quickly met with pulsating bass lines and the hi-hat starts to build to the breaking point. The opening riff reminded me of something you might here from Bloc Party. It’s got an upbeat, kinetic energy that's undeniable. “Fingers Crossed” very well could be the highlight on the EP.
“Brand New Start” is another solid song. The first half of the song is dynamic and full of plenty of build ups and memorable melodies. As the song progresses the guitar solo might the most impressive moment. The guitar solo feels very ’80s inspired. As much as I appreciated it it also felt like a guitar solo you have heard plenty of times before.
“Leaving You” is pretty straightforward with some impressive grand sounding peaks while the closer “Color Me” contains clean melodic guitar picking and also veers towards pop punk during the chorus.
Interstate is still probably searching for a more defined sound but Songs is a solid foundation on which they can build upon.
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