Tango Moms is a three-piece band from Columbus comprised of Preston Budd, Jon Coon and Austin Crist that recently released The EP which is a four-song demo. The band at this point plays very straightforward indie rock alternative type songs.
As an engineer I was having trouble getting past how lo-fi these songs were. I’d suggest they do whatever they can moving forward to work with someone who has some of the fundamentals of engineering down. Whether it's shell out the cash to work in a studio or befriend someone who knows how to properly set up mics, use a compressor, etc. One tip I will give them is that the vocals sit on top of the mixes on these songs. They should utilize a compressor with a fast attack and slow release to help tame the dynamics to have it sit within the mix.
They open with “Young Girls” which was one of the highlights. The song is simple but catchy. The vocalist sometimes goes out of his natural range and I have to admit I was thinking how much the song could have used a bass line to create some more energy. Despite that I was able to appreciate the performances.
“Sweet Talk” is a solid track that revolves a couple of distorted major and minor chords, a 4/4 beat and reminded me of The Strokes.
The other highlight was “Outta' Town” which hits more upon an early Pavement type vibe. There are some inspired moments throughout the song that displays the bands strengths.
Tango Moms is a bunch of young guys having fun in a band. They do have some talent but if they hope to be doing this as career they have some work ahead of themselves if they want to be recognized as a premier indie band. The songs felt broad and they are going to have to keep working to find a defined sound.
As of right now the band falls into a case of wait and see. There is some potential here and I hope to hear their evolution. I’ve seen tons of bands on this website improve dramatically on their sophomore effort and I will be anticipating their next move. On that note this is a formidable effort that is worth a spin.
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