Junkyard Genius is a brand-new band from Kansas City who recorded a four-song EP called Flood It Out (EP) within the first month of their being together. The album was recorded in their basement and the songs are there but production is extremely poor. The demo is kind of like seeing a spark in the fog. You can tell something is there but it’s just too cloudy to make it out. The songs sound very muddy and there is no definition between any of the instruments.
The songs themselves aren't bad and for recording this EP within their first month it is quite impressive. A lot of the material is straightforward indie rock but also has a bit of blues influence in the mix as well. I also really enjoyed the vocals. The vocalist has an attractive, soothing voice that is devoid of any douche-y-ness.
The album opens with the bluesy number called “Oxygen.” It contains a couple of cliché guitar progressions and is a fun tune overall. “Scandalous Little Red” is a solid pop song that contains a catchy vocal line while “Lions Den” is the highlight of the EP. “Reflected Mind” is the most ambitious song and would burst with energy if it wasn’t for the production. The drumming is pretty tight and overall the song has a lot of changes that keep your attention.
Flood It Out will hopefully be remembered as the band’s meager beginnings. There is talent here but it’s not presented on the best canvas.
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