Space Chick, a group of high school students from New Jersey, was formed during sophomore year and have since played one gig and recorded an album in a friend’s basement recording studio. The self-titled album Space Chick is a mix of punk, rock, blues and folk influences and features six original songs.
The album begins with “She said ‘Hi’” a high-energy indie rock tune that combines droning organ synthesizer sounds with quick hi-hat swing rhythms and steady guitar strumming to create a unique, intriguing soundscape. The lyrics float above the rest of the song with layered vocals and harmonies with hints of warble and vibrato that draw the listener’s attention right away.
The band transitions to a more conventional rock song structure in “Creepy Lizard Blizzard” with the band members’ own personal tastes and preferences peppered throughout the tune. The energy of the album peaks in “Free” a lightning-paced punk anthem with screaming guitars, distorted vocal, and quick percussion.
In the wake of the previous song, “Social Waltz” brings out a more tender, quiet side of the band, as they draw upon traditional waltz rhythms and infuse their own songwriting techniques into the memorable, reflective track. “Sway” continues in a similar vein, as the vocals carry the emotion of the song.
The album comes to an end with “Don’t go outside,” arguably the catchiest song on the entire record. As a whole, Space Chick exhibits novel, exciting talent in a young group of musicians with honed talent and skills in creating, recording and performing quality music. Space Chick is surely poised for a successful music career.
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