Eli Thayer (guitar/vocals), Kat Liu (guitar), Joseph Wehmeyer (drums) and John Wehmeyer (bass) are Marine Anthropology. The band released Sunburst Chaser which is a five-song EP that displays what the band has been up to for about the last year.
The band plays pretty straightforward indie rock. There really weren’t any surprises but I thought the songs were well delivered and well written.
The album starts with the title song “Sunburst Chaser” which starts with clean, melodic guitars, a steady bass and a driving beat. It’s a catchy song that seems to have a coming of age theme that reflects with people in their early twenties. He sings, “Someday I'll be older see / Then my hands won't fail me / I'll forget to watch the crowd / Then you'll slow down.” As the song progresses there is a good amount of energy and I felt like it was a good song to introduce the band's sound.
“Wanderlust” is a bit of a slow burn. The first half of the song is fairly jazzy in some ways. It sounds slick with sparse percussion, bass and guitar. It’s around the last minute of the song where the song really picks up with a blazing guitar solo.
“Lights” is 101 garage rock in the spirit of a band like The Strokes or The Arctic Monkeys. “Whatever I Say” is another slow burn. It’s a ballad of sorts with long notes that sink into your soul.
They close with a ten-minute-plus song entitled “53 Weeks” which is also in the spirit of a band like The Arctic Monkeys or The Strokes but Interpol also came to mind. It’s definitely the band's most ambitious song and shows some of their versatility. The vocal harmonies towards the end might be their best moment.
As an engineer myself the recording quality feels on the bullseye of a standard home recording. Suffice it to say the next logical move for the band would be to either record in a studio or work with an engineer to bring the recording quality up to par with some of the aforementioned artists.
Overall, I thought the young band has some potential as well as talent. I’m looking forward to hearing more from the band.
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