Julie, ETC. is the debut EP from an Atlanta band
called Sharks and Minnows.
Having said that, i know what you are thinking, and no, they
do not have ungodly amounts of reverb.
Nor are they a punk/country
fusion band. Nor are they a bunch of totally
wasted hard rockers trying to recreate Keith Richards lifestyle
from the 1970's. (If you are wondering why i link you to
that particular review, read about The Tom Collins.) Nor are
Sharks and Minnows a hip-hop band.
They are a post-punk pop band, which makes them a real anomally
in Atlanta, home of reverb, the Redneck Underground, hard rockers,
and hip-hop. Sharks and Minnows totally do not fit in with any
of the local bands i go see every so often.
And i like them for that. They bring a breath of fresh air
to this city.
You see, their music is reminiscent of early stuff from The
Dismemberment Plan. There is emotion and over-education
and a middle class suburban punk upbringing all swirling together
with pop sensibilities and a complete lack of production value.
Tracers says that midwesterners
call this "emo", so i guess that's what it is. And i thought
that "Emo" was an annoying stand-up comic from the '80's, but
there you go. I guess, then, that i like emo. Who knew?
Okay, attempts at labelling aside, this is a solid debut EP.
Like all debuts, it suffers from the bad habit of placing the
vocals wayyyy up in front of the rest of the sound. But it really
could be worse. The EP almost sounds balanced. On the
whole, it could benefit from better production, but that's to
be expected of an indie debut.
I would say that this is an EP of good, underproduced pop punk.
It shows a lot of potential. The lyrics are okay. The guitars
are crunchy and blaring. The bass is loud. The drums are destroyed
in the process of recording. Yeah baby, that's what underproduced
local punk rawk should be! Woo hoo!!!
I like all five of the songs, but track 3, Miracle is
the real standout of the disc. It's starts off louder and angrier
than the others. And then, suddenly, the voice is still loud,
but it's SINGING and not YELLING. A really nice effect on a
really nice bouncey song that just gets yours toes tapping.
I am impressed. I look forward to seeing this band develop.
In time, i think that they could be a really good pop band.