Veal Estate (not to be confused with the band Real Estate) was of course named by a comedian Craig Friedman who is the frontman. On the drums we have Jesse Lent. Their just as silly album titled Calf Life has plenty of mishaps along the way but has a raw quality that works for them to some extent.
Some songs work better than others. The first song “No Perception” is a clear highlight amongst the batch. The song is fleshed out with a myriad of instruments and I enjoyed the vocal delivery. There is a country/rock vibe that sounds great on them. If every song on the album was this good this would be an exceptional album.
After the stellar opener they go into “Sepulveda” which is more stripped back. The song has its moments but also feels a bit out of the pocket at times. Some of the same issues plague the next song “If You'd Be My Brother.” They noticeably get out of time probably to even those who are not musicians. I’d say the saving grace here is the raw almost punk rock way they deliver the song.
“Woah Woman” fares a bit better. The song has some explosive moments and benefits from vocal harmonies. “Chicken & The Pigs” is a silly country ditty that is simple a fun song. It is pretty much a traditional song. They close with a punk song called “Antidote.”
My guess is the formation of this band is recent. Even though they are only a two-piece they don’t seem to have a good grasp on the type of music they want to play. They jump around to disparate styles and don't know how to connect them.
They need to understand that the first song “No Perception” is head and shoulders above everything else on the album. This song could be the foundation for future releases. Food for thought.
I wish these guys the best of luck. If they can clean up fundamental mistakes like timing and figure out to sound more cohesive they should be onto something. Oh and maybe just get a banjo player because everyone likes banjo.
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