Back in 2011 the members of Up and Up were ninth graders. Which brings me to my next point. Enjoy your youth while you still have it. Okay moving on, the three-piece band comprised of Bailey Norman, Parker Gallagher and Connor Wolfe recently released a five-song self-titled EP Up and Up.
This EP isn’t reinventing the wheel by any stretch of the imagination but this is an incredibly catchy pop/rock EP. It’s lo-fi and I wouldn’t have minded a bump in the production but overall the mixes don’t have any glaring issues.
They open with “Adverse Effects” which is just a simple yet very well-crafted song, from the lyrics which are quite clever to the vocal harmonies. The chorus just pops and after my second run through I was addicted. “Sure You Would” might be catchier than the opener. One of the boys strums a basic chord progression while he sings over it. It doesn't take long for an organ to come in to fill in the song. The band kills it once again with a catchier verse.
By this point you are probably thinking this band is out of songs. Wrong yet again. “Let’s Go (To The Fair) has an overt ’60s folk pop vibe while “Spiked Lemonade” is a great name any way you look at it. They close with with arguably the highlight entitled “At Your Table.” The song starts with fantastic barbershop type vocal harmonies. The band is on key and absolutely nail it. Two thumbs up...way up.
These three young men do a fine job with these five songs. They have some serious talent. A little step up in recording quality and they are set.
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