Lemming Suicide is a five-piece band from New York City comprised of Chris Morley (vocals/guitar), Chris Boecker (guitar), Steve Colavito (bass/guitar), Max Demagistris (keyboards/percussion) and Rich Radimer (drums). The band released EP 1 which contains three songs.
The flavor and vibe of these songs certainly fits nicely into the indie rock zeitgeist. They have a sound that is not unlike bands such as Parquet Courts, Local Natives and Grizzly Bear. None of these bands sound that much alike but it’s in the same arena and so is the music from Lemming Suicide.
One thing I noticed on these songs is the band is very cognizant of the bigger picture. I’ve heard bands with five and six members where it seems like everyone needs to be playing all the time. That isn’t the case, they let the song breathe and play to the song. Suffice it to say the band felt free of any individual ego which is a big plus in my opinion.
The EP starts with “Three Ways to Fall.” You are greeted by some white noise and alien artifacts. It sounds a bit like something Radiohead would conjure up but once that fades and the drum machine and bass come in the song starts to take on a very more down to earth indie rock flavor. The bass and drums drive the song and I immediately appreciated the vocals. As the song progresses guitars buzz and the band does a great job playing into dynamics. There were unexpected transitions and the song kept me guessing. Great song.
Next up is “Suzanne” and I was again impressed by the restraint of the band. They know when to rock and when they do you feel it. The guitars have different textures and tones and I thought the reverb on the verse was effective when juxtaposed against the more in your face chorus. I was digging the piano flourishes. The song is quite catchy. There were a couple of hooks which got my attention.
My ears were very happy with the beginning of “Salting the Streets.” In fact I would say that about the whole song. The aesthetic choices were right up my alley on this track and I liked the slight surf rock vibe here. They save the most rocking out for the closer which also includes a short drum solo.
The band went three for three with these songs. This is a band that really seems to understand their strengths and they built an impressive foundation. I expect to hear more songs soon and would say this not only is a great EP but showcases serious potential. Recommended.
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