Bands seem to be releasing music faster and faster these days. Same Pinch managed to release their first four songs on their self-titled album Same Pinch after the first few months they had formed. As you can maybe have guessed the band hasn't reached its full potential and showcases a band that is still wearing its influences on their sleeves while trying to find an engaging, unique sound.
As far as sound quality goes there are some issues but nothing too offending. The sound quality is about that of a demo where you can notice pockets of potential. Thankfully the band doesn't use a lot of distortion, which would have made the songs harder to listen to regarding sound quality.
The four-piece band made up of Dan Friedman, Surya Giru, Will Davis and Ryan McNamara have some skills in their songwriting but at this point the band lacks any defining features. As I listened I heard tinges of bands like Interpol, The National and Local Natives. The songs are relatively catchy and everyone in the band has some noticeable technical and creative talent.
The band kicks things off with "Feel Bad Culture." Clean, reverb laced guitars and precise drumming back up the singers’ vocal melodies. The subpar recording quality affects the visceral impact of the song when they start to rock out. It's a good song if not really memorable. Next up is "Flimsy," which starts with a strong bass line and drumming which is the backbone of the song. The band interjects strategically placed vocal harmonies and guitar parts, which were done well.
The highlight for me was the third track "We Don't Know Why." I was digging the start and stop guitar parts and thought this track had the most infectious vocal melodies. They get loose and have a noteworthy instrumental breakdown. They close the album with "Stop The Clocks ft. Rakae Jamil.” It wasn’t a bad song but the recording sounded too narrow and distorted which diminished my enjoyment.
Same Pinch has some work to do if they want to compete with the upper echelon of indie rock but they have some potential. Hopefully we hear some more material as soon as the band finds their niche.
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