Before we get into the new album Find the Right Words by Underwater Tiger we have to talk about the band itself. Underwater Tiger quite possibly is the only band I’m aware of that is made up two sets of brothers. In 2010 brothers Matt Furstoss (drums, vocals), Anthony Furstoss (guitar) and Ron Furstoss (bass) combined talents with brothers Nate Miner (guitar, vocals) and Andy Miner (guitar). I kind of think they should change there name to band of brothers. I kid, I kid.
Luckily for us the brothers have some talent and made a record that is polished and radio ready. The band recorded themselves in their home studio but handed the album off for both mixing and mastering. I would say they made a wise decision here and the proof is in the pudding. The music they play is grandiose and anything less than stellar production would be a detriment to the songs.
Take for instance the opener “You Know I Know,” which has a soaring chorus that sounds crisp, clear yet intense. Matt Furstoss sings, “You know and I know what took you so long.” The vocals and guitars are treated with a good amount of reverb while the drums and bass provide the foundation for the song.
After an impressive post-rock inspired opener the band follows up with “The Great Divide.” The band goes two for two here and it is a further testament to the band’s songwriting ability and talent. It’s clear at this point that the band likes to go big. The chorus is another epic sweep of instrumentation that is anchored by a confident vocal performance.
“Hole In The Sky” contains a stutter stopping guitar effect I have no idea how they achieved but it sounded wicked. The juxtaposition it created with the drums was one of the most memorable moments of the record for me. “Find the Right Words” feels like the centerpiece to the album. It’s the most melancholy song on the album but sounds good on the band because they infuse it with hope and nostalgia.
Find the Right Words is a solid album that builds a foundation for the band to build upon. Regardless if you are into this type of music or not there is no denying that they are doing the genre justice.
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