Uncle Einar is a band from New Jersey comprised of Jon Petry (vocals/guitar) and Rich Samartin (drums). They recently released Get Thee to Nod. The thing about this demo recording that has to be addressed is how lo-fi it is. It’s about the quality you could expect recording a rehearsal session with your phone. I think that bit of information is necessary going into the listening experience. The band is playing live to an audience in these recordings.
I actually thought these songs were well written but the recording is so poor it's hard to get past the potential that could be. They open with “Papyrus Skin” which is a bluesy rocker. It sounds like a rocking song but unfortunately I couldn’t make out a single word because of the digital distortion on his voice.
There were a couple of songs that were so low in volume I could barely hear such as “I Am Kurt.” “I Could Die” was a decent song but the song was only coming out of the left channel. As the album progressed there are some inspired moments on songs like “My Head” and “Life In a Box.”
Far and away the most important thing this band needs to do is find a way to get a decent recording. You know that saying that there’s never a second chance for a first impression. That saying not only just implies meeting another person.
When people hear your music for the first time they will not revisit you if they were not impressed. Having at least semi comparable recordings to commercial releases is important.
I have not seen Uncle Einar live but it seems like they have a good energy behind these recordings. As of right now they fall into the category of wait and see. I hope to hear from them again in the not too distant future with something more concrete.
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