Randy Williams (vocals/guitar), Wes Frank Norman (guitar), Robert Justin Seawell (bass/vocals), Charlie Fuson (drums), Michael Dorsett (synths/electronics) and Sarah Barker (keys/vocals) are Mightier Than Me.
The band recently released a seven-song self-titled EP Mightier Than Me. It’s a pretty straightforward rock album that veers towards popular ’90s rock and alternative. I can't say the band is reinventing the wheel by any stretch of the imagination but the songs are well produced, delivered and written. The thing that I thought was odd was that they decided to include two remixes of two of the songs as well as a radio edit. It seemed superfluous and I am not sure why they didn't include the remixes on a different EP. You typically want an EP or album to have cohesion with the songs. The two remixes have such drastically different styles that it gives the entire EP an uneven experience if you want to listen from beginning to end.
The band opens with O.L.E. which is a highlight. It’s a fun rock song that goes down easy. You can sing-a-long with the melody after the first time you hear it. There Is a good amount of energy with the combination of warm, distorted guitar, country style bass line and tight drumming. I thought the lyrics avoided cliches and were well thought out. Williams sings, “I sat along the sandy banks of Tuscaloo / Those rippling waves just left me wondering what to do.”
“Get Gone” is another solid track. The song felt more reflective than the opener as he sings about life lessons and the past. Up next is “To Be Determined.” They introduce a prominent synth but it doesn't change the vibe of what they were developing. It felt like a natural extension. They close their first set of songs with “Howling At The Moon.” This song was the other highlight to my ears. I thought the vocal melody on the verse was memorable and the chorus rocked.
After this is where the remix songs start. The “Get Gone” is now straight up hip-hop with a smooth R&B beat. I really didn’t even know what to think after this track. It’s a drastic remix but it felt so incongruent. Up next is “To Be Determined” which is remixed into a run of the mill techno/club style. The last song radio version of “O.L.E” is nearly identical to the other version.
My advice to the band is not to include remixes on the same release with their standard versions. The main reasoning behind this is that we are in the day of streaming. There is no arguing that people in general don't listen to albums from beginning to end as much as they used to. Someone who is discovering their music might not notice there is remix version and play the rap version first. That might not be the style they prefer and because of that they don’t even sample the other tracks which they may have preferred.
Other than that I thought the EP was a solid effort. The band showcases some potential and talent.
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