Andrew Hardie (lead guitar), Harris Wales (guitar) and Colin Brewton (drums) are the three- piece post-rock band Lasting Impressions. The members are between sixteen and eighteen years old. At such a young age the band is already showing some potential.
It’s hard not to be influenced by the bands you’re diggin' at that age. Let’s face it when you’re a teenager you haven't had much life experience and the music you play often reflects the music you listen to. Lasting Impressions wear their influences on their sleeves which could come from a myriad of bands such as Sigur Rós to Explosions In The Sky. They have done their homework and play into the criteria the genre calls for. They also have some talent from a technical perspective and I have to wonder at what age they started playing their instruments.
Their self-titled album Lasting Impressions opens with “Redintegrate” which takes a little time to get going. The first thirty seconds is the sound of wind. A reverb laced guitar eventually gets into the picture. Without any warning ferocious drums start and then stop. It’s abrasive yet effective.
“Droplets” is post-rock 101. It’s a solid song even if a little predictable at points. Next up is the aptly named “Cheesy Poofs.” There is a slightly different vibe here from the strummed chords that doesn't feel as post-rock-esque. Once the second guitar comes it has a bit of a jam band-esque quality to it. The highlight is “Oceanic Admissions.” There are a good amount of inventive changes and the band pulls out all the stops.
Lasting Impressions has time on their side. As their sound evolves more of their own essence will bleed into their future songs. At some point they will want to look into better production to capture some of the nuances of their performances. The band is off to a solid start but are also a case of wait and see.
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