They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Many musicians start their careers by imitating the musical sound or stage presence of the artists they admire. Michael Jackson copied James Brown’s dance moves, Jimi Hendrix played guitar with his teeth like T-Bone Walker and Angus Young has been duck walking like Chuck Berry since 1975. The list is endless and the Introverts are certainly no exception to the rule.
The Introverts originate from the Canadian town of Edmonton and consist of Tyler Johnson on guitar, Jon Dombroski on bass, Steven Wagers on drums and Adam James Morrow on keyboard. The Canadian quartet began life as cover band, jamming on songs by Led Zeppelin and the White Stripes at various bars and pubs around Edmonton. Over time, each member of the band began writing songs on their own time, suggesting that this may be the reason why the group went with the name The Introverts.
In April of this year, the Introverts went into Turnkey Studios in Ontario to lay down six tracks for a self-titled EP The Introverts, which they posted to their Bandcamp page and will be released in the physical form of a hard copy cd on Aug. 28th after The Introverts play a special release part at a local club called the Bohemia.
The band describes their musical sound as “rock music in a blender.” Upon listening to the EP, you notice that The Introverts are very much in the process of transitioning from a bar cover band to singer/songwriters. As a result, their original material heavily imitates the bands that they’re influenced by, resulting in blend of different classic sounds.
“Far To Go” sounds like an Oasis song from the ‘90s with its grungy, acoustic strum-style electric guitar and bright harmonies. The driving backbeat and organ on tracks like “Smile” and “Keep It Groovy” sound like copies of material by ‘60s garage rock bands like the Sonics. The weakest song on this record would have to be “Saturday,” a track that sounds like a sub par Doors song and awkwardly attempts to rhyme “Saturday” with “me.”
Two of the best songs on this EP would definitely be “Western Winds” with its crop, soulful guitar and “Desert Morning,” a song that would be perfect to listen to while you drive in you car down old route 66. While this record is far from perfect, when you listen to it, you get the sense that The Introverts are trying their best and in the future will turn out with more developed song lyrics.
As far as imitating their idols, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Many great bands imitate other bands and artists they like on their first few records. Much of The Beatles early original material, for example, sounds as if it should’ve been written by Buddy Holly or Phil Spector.
As long as The Introverts add their own twist to things instead of ripping off ‘60s British invasion and ‘70s glam rock like the Gallagher brothers, they should be in good shape.
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