Jeremy Mitchell (vocals), Rick Baker (guitar), Alex Clark (bass) and Dan Holodak (drums) are The Square Feet. The band recently released their debut album entitled Family Plan that is an eight-song album which showcases a number of different strains of rock like garage rock, grunge and alternative.
They kick off with “Motorcycle” and initially sound somewhere between Nirvana and The White Stripes. The song quickly changes direction and plays into a driving riff which has a strong ’70s feel to it. It’s full of adrenaline and I was quickly on board with the anthemic vocal harmonies. The song does not overstay its welcome and is over in a flash.
They have some more success with “Slippery Sockeye” which is the longest song on the album. The song starts with bass and drums leaving plenty of room for the reverb laced vocals to breathe. It’s a catchy song and by the end the vocal melodies were stuck in my head. I have to give credit to the drummer for the impressive work on the shaker.
The drumming is also notable on “Shaky Elevator.” There were a number of impressive beats which really drove the song. I liked the juxtaposition against the smooth bass and lead guitar. The band has more of a contemporary sound on “Relax, My Dear” which is a highlight. It’s a little funky with cleaner guitars and a number of great grooves especially towards the end.
“Not a Fright” is another good one bringing back some of the ’70s garage rock they displayed earlier while “On a Date” is a single worthy song that was memorable. The band is their most happy and joyful sounding on “Frasier.” They close with “City Lights” which combines a number of different styles but had a very anthemic chorus.
The band seems to be tipping their hat to a lot of styles that have come before making for an eclectic rock album. Recommended.
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