Shayan Amiri (vocals/guitar/bass/drums), Kane Lee (bass) and Jamie Mayers (drums) are Made Men. They are a young band in terms of their age (Amiri is eighteen) and the amount of time they have been together.
The band released a five-song EP Wasting Time which showcases some potential as well as some issues that they can work on. The most important thing they need to improve upon is staying in the pocket. They get noticeably off-time quite often. The basics like staying in time and in key are a must for many reasons. Some sloppiness is good for rock but not to this degree.
They open with “Wasting Time” which is a fairly straight rock song which seems to have been influenced by garage rock as well as classic rock. The best part about the song is the vocals. I thought the melody was catchy. It reminded me a bit of the band Of Montreal.
Up next is “Feel Fine” which again has a catchy vocal melody. Amiri sings “You know I can't fall asleep, Because my thoughts are too deep, Can't breathe, I'm always out of breath, Feels like, I'm on the verge of death.”
Up next is “Make A Change” which is a fun, start and stop punk song that has some interesting deviations and transitions. “Sickle” is a straightforward three or four chord punk song while “Pills” is a little more dynamic with a purposeful hazy, dreamy verse. Amiri sings “If you're feeling a little dazed, Just take this chill pill and you'll be amazed, To how much it will boost your high.”
Production-wise the EP is demo quality. Some songs are noticeably louder than others which is something a mastering engineer could have helped with. Made Men is a young band that is a case of wait and see. Luckily time is on their side and they have plenty of time to develop as a band and work out some of the kinks.
Overall, I enjoyed the EP and the vibe. On that note they will need to master some of the more basic technical aspects to get to the next level as a band.
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