Israel Sargent (guitar/vocals), Randall Thomas (drums/vocals) and Oscar Ximil (bass) are a new band from North Carolina called Ocracoke. They released Light the way which sounds like a demo of their rehearsal practice.
The band still has a long way to go but they are showing some potential with this release. They get off time on occasion and the singer has trouble staying in key. These are the two aspects they need to iron out before anything else.
They open with “Tether me” which is a short song that is just over a minute long. It’s a relatively catchy song and straight up rock. The same could be said about “Conversational grace.” The song has a ’70s vibe and revolves around distorted power chords, a basic beat and a supporting bass.
“Hay Bird” is a little funky while “Soul umbrella” displays some inspired moments. As the album progresses “Mowgli” and the closer “Hold your tongue” were highlights. "Mowgli" and "“Hold your tongue” were in the same style of the previous songs but I thought the melodies were a little more memorable.
The trio has all the classic signs of a newly formed young band that jams after class in a garage or basement. Besides working on timing and staying in key the band will have to dig a little deeper into finding what makes them stand out from the crowd. That being said they only formed six months ago and it can take years for a band's sound to develop.
All things considered there is some decent songwriting here which gives the guys a chance of at least making some waves locally in the not too distant future.
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