Tasty Face is an indie rock band from Philadelphia, PA that are the combined forces of John Wylie (Vocals/Guitar), Steve Eshewsky (Guitar) , Eli Santiago (Bass) and Louda (Drums/Vox). The three young men met in college and starting jamming under the name Tasty Face. Late last year they released a self-titled EP that has more in common with rock bands from the 60’s and 70’s than contemporary music. They mix up classic rock, psychedelic, americana and more.
The EP is made of high and lows. There were a number of moments in which I was thoroughly impressed which often happen to be the most melodic and subdued. Right off the bat I felt that their best moments relied on things like vocal harmonies and atmosphere. They do rock on occasion but often buckled cause of the sub-par production.
Perhaps the best example of this is the very first song entitled “Maybe We Should Wait”. They create an hazy atmosphere with reverb and chorus like effect on their guitars and keys. It’s a good sound but I felt the short bursts of them rocking out were a bit jarring. This is something that could have been smoothed out with better production.
The second track is only a little over two minutes and veers towards hard rock. It’s a decent tune but the band has far better moments as the album progresses. One of those moments comes on the song “Window-Light”. They implement some of their best vocal harmonies that combine with a clean guitar and one that showcases some impressive lead work.
The highlight on the EP belongs too “Walkin' in the Snow” which not only brings the most warm well sung vocal harmonies but arguably the best rocking one in the group. A solid song overall that showcases some talent.
The Tasty Face EP still leaves many things to be desired but is a decent initial offering that has potential. Hopefully, the band can build upon their strengths and up the ante on the production on their next effort.
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