Trey Sharpe (vocals/guitar), John Nichols (drums), Steven Greenfield (guitar) and Billy Hettler (bass/vocals) are The Strips. The band formed in 2013 and most recently released Full-time Daydream which is a three-song EP. You can almost immediately tell this band has been together for awhile because the chemistry is overt. The band plays off each and each member adds what's needed in the mix.
The song are pretty straightforward garage rock. There aren't any fancy production edits or cutting edge synths. They play into a rock that they just happen to do extremely well. The band begins with “Under My Feet.” It’s everything you usually want from an opener. The guitar and bass work together and soon afterwards the falsetto of Sharpe come in. Sharpe absolutely crushes this song with a sort of classic rock vocal not too far away from Robert Plant. The song builds with a heavy kick as if it is getting ready for lift off. It’s an opener that sets the mood and gets you ready for more.
“Middlemist's Red” is up next and starts with a little intro of sorts that seems to be orchestral synths. The slick bass comes into the mix and a light pad provides some atmosphere. Sharp vocals are crisp and confident. The lyrics are a blend of light observant type of philosophy and attitude. I loved the combo and the energy that is elevated with the drums and bass. The song crescendos with vocal harmonies and a hypnotic led guitar pattern before the wave breaks into vocals and a return of the orchestral elements.
Eddie Vedder came to mind on “Snake Eyes.” The vocals are a little more deep and in a different register at times from the previous song. At first It’s the most emotionally resonant song with piano being a focal center of the instrumentation. The song takes a quick turn with distorted guitar and the band starts to groove in a classic ’70s rock fashion. I loved the rocking out but the transition back to piano was epic and the last build that comes with it.
I loved all three of these songs. This is a real rock band and although I’ve never seen them live I think it would be one heck of a good time. Recommended.
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