Hailing from the suburbs of Long Island, this three-man band recently reconnected after a decade to form what is now known as Missing Maddox. The reconnection brought the addition of a female bass guitarist, which the band said was “the missing piece of the puzzle.” This is the band’s first release together and they have been performing live shows as well as winning battle of the bands contests.
Missing Maddox gives its listeners a rich sound of authentic garage band rock music in their self-titled EP Missing Maddox. You really feel like you’re sitting in some floppy old sofa chair jamming out to this band and getting anxious for their next live show because you know it’s going to be so epic. The first song on the EP “Ask the Questions” has that true rough guitar edge to it and we become accustomed to the vocals, which are tough and gritty as well. The song is very melodic and has a great continuous beat to it and the chorus carries passion and depth.
The next song is a bit more intense. “Homebodies” begins with hard, in your face, guitar chords. Soon enough the chorus begins and the bridge holds everything together. The drums on this song seem to really keep the beat as all the instruments are constantly changing. This track really suffers from poor sound quality though because at times it is difficult to listen to as the guitars and vocals get drowned out by recording fuzz. The following track “Leaky Valves” has a more intimate and slower sound to it. The guitars are a bit softer and the vocalist has also changed his form to a less agitated and more peaceful vibe.
Overall, Missing Maddox has given us a good EP, full of very genuine garage rock vibes. A professionally recorded version of this album would make all the difference and greatly improve the album’s delivery. Yet, the sound and composition of the songs are very successful and Missing Maddox contributes greatly to the genre of contemporary rock sounds.
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