I wish I could do laughing emoji’s on this thing but alas we haven’t quite figured that out yet. The reason I wanted to do it is because when I first heard the opening track, “The Mask” by eastern Kentucky pop rock band Mirrored Image I thought “holy shit this sounds like fucking Oasis!” Imagine more laughing emoji’s here too. Just to give some perspective though I love Oasis, at least their first two records and slightly a bit of their third for mostly nostalgic reasons only. But it was the first thing I thought of. Then I read the bands bio and there it was Oasis.
I felt as though I was some sort of soothsayer or some shit. Maybe I should go down to the corner store and buy a lottery ticket. Anyway it’s not like Noel Gallagher never said he’d rip off “Ticket to Ride” over and over again if he could way back in the 90’s, something I read and will always remember. It was nice though as the tune gave me a certain sense of warmth about what would come next.
Next comes another nostalgic singer for me, Kurt Cobain, who makes an appearance via the loud quiet loud “Again.” Singer Dylan Belcher pulls no punches nor does the band consisting of Mark Chaney on guitar and backing vocals, bassist Elijah Purvis, and drummer Evan Compton as they take the listener through waves of druggy guitars and swells of anger that sound as though they could be Bleach outtakes at any point considering their angst. Next up is the more radio friendly pop rock of “Too Much” which uses the guitars in a 90s loud quiet style where the vocals take center stage.
Later on “Sensation” adopts an emo rock feel reminiscent of Sunny Day Real Estate and then the album’s title track “Pursuit of Happiness” takes it back to that late period relaxed 90s rock of Oasis but falls short of being anything too engaging. Next we are treated to the angry inflected slowcore rocker “One Thing” which sounds like a diary entry set to a Metallica riff.
Still I can’t help knowing exactly what Belcher means and perhaps felt whilst writing the heartfelt “When the Light Goes Out,” Perhaps it is because this is the song where Belcher and the band sound like themselves and not like anyone else.
It’s something I struggle with in my own life, to sound like myself and not like those gods that I so fathom. I’ll admit it’s a constant struggle. But here I hear Mirrored Image sounding most like that mirrored image that the will become, themselves. This to me is a band of talented musicians who are not afraid to wear their hearts on their sleeves, as well as their influences. When they come into their own though I feel they’ll see themselves in the mirror and be proud with the results.
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