Johnny Webb (vocals/guitar), William La Salle (guitar), Leon Patio (bass) and Sebastian Platte (drums) are a band entitled My Dreams Met Alice from Germany that formed about half a year ago. The band already had time to record The Colourful Edge which is a demo-quality EP that contains seven songs.
Although there is still a good amount of room for improvement this is a solid first showing. The band plays into grunge and post-grunge style rock for most songs except one. At this point the band isn't doing anything particularly genre defining but have some inspired moments along the way.
“Your Blood” is the first track on the EP. The vocalist is in a comfortable range with just enough aggression on his delivery for the first minute-and-a-half. He gets into some trouble after that where the production doesn't work as well as his aggression sounds too exaggerated. The second half has some notable moments before going into an enjoyable but somewhat standard sounding guitar solo.
“Red Light Beauty Realm” hits a little more into a classic rock type vibe. The vocals sound smoother and more well rounded but I'm not sure the song needed to be six minutes long. The technically impressive but familiar sounding guitar solos seemed a little long winded.
“Bottom Of My Bottle” felt like grunge 101 while “Sadistic Desire” had a darker sludge metal type feel to it. “Prison In My Head” was the most anthemic song on the album.
The head scratching “Russian Eyes” was a jazzy, swing vibe that closed the album. The song which felt completely unrelated speaks to the band's new beginning because it displays the band is figuring out their sound. “Russian Eyes” was actually my favorite song on the EP but it just felt so out of place. The last thing bands want to do early on is confuse their audience. They spent six songs defining their sound only to smear their hard rock/grunge foundation by throwing in a jazzy, upbeat song that sounds completely different. To the band's credit they mentioned they were spitballing ideas with this EP but it still felt like an odd move to close the EP with “Russian Eyes” after building a sound.
This band certainly has potential but they are obviously in the embryonic stage of their development. They just need to keep on playing and with some effort they should be able to slowly but surely narrow in on their sound as a band which isn’t completely there with this effort.
Hopefully, the band sticks together. I love hearing bands evolve and come into their own. As I mentioned they have a lot going for them so I would keep your ears on them.
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