Subject To Change is a band comprised of Matt Friedberg (guitar/vocals), Jon McClees (bass/vocals) and Akiba Davis (drums). The band recently released a self-titled debut Subject To Change which has some inspired moments but also falls prey to mistakes and misconceptions that young bands have.
The band states ”This album has something for everyone on it. There's acoustic, metal, hard rock, rhythm and blues, punk, blues rock, and alternative rock. Our music style varies hence the name "Subject To Change" because our sound can be one thing and then another in the blink of an eye.” This approach not only makes the album sound like a compilation of different bands but also contains no cohesion.
If you scrutinize any successful band whether it's the White Stripes, or Radiohead or Interpol they created a sound. Truth be told if you want to build an audience you will have to a defined, unique sound that people will recognize.
The album starts with a very nice sounding “Intro” which contains great vocal harmonies. Unfortunately this is a tease as nothing else on the album comes close to sounding like this Fleet Foxes-esque piece. The next song sounds closer to Black Sabbath. The recording on this song is about demo quality and would have certainly sounded better with an improved recording.
The very next song “Sweet Relief (feat. Jay Morale)” is another complete departure. This song is rooted in blues rock and also contains a completely out of place sounding rap section.
“Lonestar” has some solid moments and is a good song. I especially enjoyed the psychedelic, spacey section towards the middle. The band goes into prog territory with “Halfstep” and “Not Enough” veers towards pop/rock.
Don’t get me wrong the band has some talent but they really are going to have to focus on not only narrowing down their style but defining an original sound. I say this with love and hopefully they will heed my advice.
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