Memory Front is a new indie rock band based in Pittsburgh, PA. They formed in 2019 and spent the first few months of their existence honing their sound. They released a three-song EP entitled Memory Front which showcases what they have been up to.
The band is comprised of Jesse Wood (vocals/guitar), Gary Westmoreland (guitar), Sam Randazzo (bass) and Dan Spagiare (drums). They make music that for the most part tries to be very pretty, ethereal and really embraces reverb. There are moments where I was reminded of bands like Sigur Rós and Explosions in the Sky. I have to admit there were times the vocals seemed fairly separate from the music. I was expecting a voice like Jonsi matching the music. It did grow on me.
The band starts with “In the Cylinders” which felt like the highlight. I really enjoyed the beginning especially the way the guitars slightly tear against the reverb. Once the bridge comes the band briefly steps on the distortion before going back to the reverb. The chorus is notable with catchy vocal melodies. As the song progresses the song gets more intense and really goes into an epic and grand vibe.
They have a similar vibe on “Yucatan Highway” which really plays into reverb in delay and sounds similar to early Explosion in the Sky. The song embraces drones and eventually rocks out. They almost sound like a completely different band on “Nothing Changes.” The whole vibe felt very grounded and earth bound with far less distortion.
The band has a lot of the hallmarks of a new band. They are discovering their sound still and experimenting with different textures and tones. One thing I will say is they are going for something big and epic. I do applaud them for attempting this DIY style but songs that are trying for these kinds of heights will usually call for professional studio treatment. Ideally they will want to try and get the recording quality somewhere in the ballpark of bands like Sigur Rós and Explosions in the Sky because of the similar aesthetics.
I thought this was a solid three-song effort. The songs were well written and the band has some chemistry. I’m looking forward to hearing more.
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