Heath Buscumb has been writing and recording music since 1998. In early 2016 he decided to start recording again and got the bug. I know all too well what he is talking about. He released The Tonal: All That Was Said Ep which contains three enjoyable rock songs. The group consists of Heath Buscumb (Vocals/ Guitars) Andrew Moncrief (Bass) and Adam Williams (Drums)
First things first is that the recording quality is exceptional. It’s competitive with any commercial release out there. The songs are pretty straightforward but well written and well delivered.
“All That Was Said” is the opener which reminded me of the band Super Furry Animals. The songs rocks out but is also simultaneously quite warm. I enjoyed the guitar work but it ultimately comes down to the vocals that carry the song. He sings “You take the piece of me you own, and left to carry on”.
The next track “My Girlfriend the Thief” is loose and fun. The vocal style has a distinctly different feel than the opener but appreciated it about equally. Again this song is pretty straightforward. There isn’t any experimentation that caught my ear or radical time signatures changes. It’s all about the delivery and melody.
The last track “One Moment” is the most emotionally resonant track on the batch. I was impressed by the drumming on this track and thought the tom work in particular fit the song really well. On top of that the vocals hit the mark..
I for one and glad Buscumb got the bug because his songs are good and this EP felt like an appetizer. My prediction is we won't have to wait too long to hear some new music from him. Recommended.
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