Michael Kuwabara (guitar/vocals), Max Graham (drums/vocals) and Brayden Poole (bass) are Out of the Nowhere. The band first formed in 2013 and since then released a six-song EP entitled EP. They play pretty straightforward rock without many bells and whistles. The songs are lyrically heavy and some veer into melodramatic territory that turn metaphysical and philosophical. Sometimes the straightforward rock didn’t mesh with the contemplative subject matter.
The band opens with “Back to the Start.” I liked the vibe on this song. It reminded me of the pop sensibility of a band like The Cars. Right away the lyrics delve in existential territory using metaphors to explain the absurdities of life while hinting at topics like reincarnation. He sings, “Turn the page another word it all seems so absurd, / Does a story really end or just a new chapter begin, / Am I jaded cause I can't face it I’d rather live these dreams that I sleep, / In the end the credits roll but I'll take it right back to the start.”
Up next is “Two Years” in which he sings how fast time is going by. True. It even goes by faster when you're older. I feel like I was 34 a couple of weeks ago but it's in fact been a couple of months. Freaky. The band does some decent rocking out on “Glasshouse” while filling your head with nihilistic thoughts for the weekend. As the song come to a close the phrase “Is there anything at all” is repeated and repeated.
“Heavy Song” is melodic during the verse with heavy rocking during the chorus. The lyrics again question the universe and everything encompassing it and has a hard in fitting the vibe of the music. They close with a highlight entitled “Take My Soul.” The vocal harmonies are solid and the song is anthemic.
Out of Nowhere has some talent. I think they might take themselves a little too seriously sometimes for a couple of young dudes that play straightforward rock songs. Maybe throw in a song about how one of their buddies got really drunk on a road trip to Utah and puked out the window. Food for thought.
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