Shoot Down the Sun are two students (Christopher Golab and Marisa Jenkins) which started as a project for a class. They released a five-song self-titled EP Shoot Down the Sun which showcases some of their music.
“Boomerang” is up first which is a pretty straightforward pop punk song. The song is basically composed of a couple of distorted minor and major chords and a programmed drum beat. Golab has a solid singing voice but occasionally gets off key. Jenkins comes into the song and is effective with her vocals. I thought they sounded good together.
Up next is “Mistakes” which is a little more grunge oriented then the opener. Golab was still having some slight issues with staying in key but they sounded good together and were working on vocal harmonies. “Miss You” is arguably the highlight. It’s definitely the catchiest song with a memorable hook. There are some inspired moments on “A Road of Tribulation “ and they end with “Make You Smile” which struck me as wholesome.
As an engineer the biggest issue I had to get past was the production and recording quality. I know sometimes you just have to deal with what you have but this duo’s goal should be to work will a full band and get in an actual studio. The guitar sounds like they were recorded on a consumer audio interface with preset Garageband style drums. Suffice it to say the music they are playing needs to be dynamic, explosive and high energy.
The songs were catchy but simple. I felt like some more technical creative parts would have helped as well. The fact is that the band will need to take it up a couple of levels to compete with similar bands in the genre that are at the top of their game.
I think Shoot Down the Sun has some potential and falls into a case of wait and see. They have a cool dynamic and I think their voices work well together. I wish them luck as they evolve with this project.
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