Sepia are a four piece band comprised of Ryan Beckelman, Derek Falzoi, Colleen Becker and Chris Gray. The band formed in 2006 and recently released their second album entitled Drop Dead, Gorgeous… Their are a lot of band's that come through this website who for better or for worse sound heavily influenced from the 90’s.
I’d say most of them are grunge band's where bands like Alice In Chains and Soundgarden are a clear influence. Sepia sounds more like a turned on the dial to an FM alternative radio station in the early to the mid 90's.
I was in high school back then and remember the music on the radio. One of the band's that was in constant rotation was Goo Goo Dolls. Another one was Everclear. Both of those band's came to mind when playing this music especially the former. Truth be told there were other band's that came to mind that were from that era. The question for you is if you think this era of music is worth revisiting.
The album definitely has some high points and other songs that werent exactly up my alley. They start off with a harder rock song entitled “Change For You”. The song is enjoyable yet fairly straightforward with no unexpected twist and turns. They continue with a harder rock edge with “Cool” which was a highlight. Goo Goo Dolls came to mind when listening to “Home” but it wasn’t till “Delaware” where they hit it on the nose.
“Better Out Than In” was another highlight a little more aligned with a bands like Weezer while “Blindside” was a softer, more intimate sounding ballad. My personal favorite song was “Hard To Tell”. I loved the Dropkick Murphy-esque vibe. The drumming was great and the song has an anthemic quality that really worked.
I was impressed by production and recording quality. Suffice It to say they hit the aesthetic they needed. I was able to hear everything clearly and thought they captured the energy they needed to make the songs work.
I’m not quite sure how this album fits in the zeitgeist of music in 2018. I can’t make the case for it being in a Spotify playlist of popular “indie” bands like Deerhunter, Local Natives or Grizzly bear or whatever is being played on the FM alternative station these days. I think this album will certainly resonate with people who are still interested in the ubiquitous rock that was happening in the early and mid 90’s. Take a listen.
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