Two Ton Heads is a band from Chicago that released a five-song EP entitled Suicide Chain. Let me first say I like the band's energy and delivery. After the first two songs I was thinking to myself how much they sounded like Queens of the Stone Age.
For whatever reason there’s a handful of bands like Mac Demarco, The Strokes and Queens of the Stone Age that end up having their style be a deep influence on a lot of bands.
I have to brutally honest - there is a cap bands are putting on themselves when they have too much influence from another artist. A band can only become so popular before it buckles and that band will never sound as good as the original for a number of reasons I won’t go into.
Two Ton Heads do sound a lot like Queens of the Stone Age but not identical on their EP. They have a good sound and talent and that's why I think it would behoove them to purposely deviate from the Queens of the Stone Age as they continue to evolve.
The band opens with the title track which felt like the most directly influenced track. That being said the band proves they can hang outside of 4/4 without any problem. The vocals are catchy and the guitar work is fairly basic revolving mostly around major and minor chords.
“You Know Where I've Been” displays some more of the band’s talent as they change BPM and dig into more solid grooves. The highlight was “Mojave” which was mostly because of the interesting guitar and bass work. They end strong with a fairly straightforward rocker entitled “Rain” and Unknown Caller.”
Two Ton Heads is a talented band that has potential. I suggest either not listening to music at all or getting into styles they never thought they would before prior to working on their next EP or album. The band needs to open up and find who they are. It’s easier said than done and a lot of bands never do find it. I’m rooting for these guys and will keep my eye on them.
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