I have found that one of the best ways to properly gauge a band’s sound is through attempting to evaluate their method(s) of songwriting. This process includes trying to decipher whether the artist shoots for a very specific, narrow sound or, on the contrary, whether the process is more democratic, meaning that each member has just as much say in the creative process as the rest. When this happens the outcome is typically rich with diversity, as everyone is different and everyone has different sources of inspiration.
Triple Double Band, a five-piece group based out of Tucson, Arizona, certainly fits in with the latter, as they exhibit a plethora of styles and genres in their newest album titled Cinco de Macho. Each song reeks of positivity and silver-lining, and does so in a multitude of ways, using a conglomeration of methods and approaches that ultimately result in an enjoyable, straightforward, collection of music.
The music found within Cinco De Macho, although diverse, is very accessible. Whether it be the lyrics, which range from topics of love to living on the beach, or the instrumentation, which includes guitars, horn instruments, as well as some bowed strings, the music is very easy to follow and experience.
This accessibility certainly does provide its listeners with the “colorful sound with a positive message for humanity” that the band states they attempt to convey. The music is certainly pretty, and is produced very, very well. The vocals sound pristine, which allows for the vocal harmonies Triple Double Band utilize to be executed to their fullest potential, and the overall sound quality is very solid, highlighting the focal points of each song very well.
My biggest complaint with Cinco De Macho is that it’s nothing new. This type of thing has been done before several times in several different ways. Now, don’t get me wrong; Triple Double Band does this sound very well. However, there is a lot of music that sounds a lot like the songs found within Cinco De Macho, and Triple Double Band is going to have a pretty rough time establishing themselves in the overly-saturated market that is positive, cheerful pop-rock. The melodies and chord progressions sound very familiar and recycled, but at the same time present themselves extremely well, so take my complaint as you will.
In the future, I would like to see Triple Double Band go in a more distinct direction that I am sure they are capable of. However, if making jolly sounding pop-rock is what they love doing, and it is their goal to put out solid albums under this cloak, then they are certainly doing the right thing. If you’re feeling down, then Cinco De Macho may be what you need.
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