Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Reviews:: Great Bloomers

I'll admit, when it comes to music I really don't like to sit and pick apart people's records, at least not concerning the negatives. I mean, if you are someone like Nickleback I'll gladly dismiss your efforts but for DIY bands trying to leave a footprint and generate a fan base, I really try hard to focus on the good in their music. That being said, not a lot of bands have truly blown me away lately. I can't muster up the energy to care about the new Radiohead record and some of the biggest releases of the year have sort of left me flat. So it feels good to single out the Great Bloomers and offer a sincere, "thank you."

The Great Bloomers are exactly the type of band I look for these days. This Toronto quintet mesh southern rock with soaring anthems, distortion, harmonies and infectious melodies. Their debut EP is a mere five songs, twenty minutes and it's more immediate than a car crash. The opening track - Catching Up - is a home run (or a dong as the guys on Sportscenter say). Somehow they are able to add a pop sheen to their country roots and the subtle Beach Boys harmonies are ridiculous.

Black Rising Fire starts as a slowed down grinder, but shifts gears quickly and takes on a country-western feel (the whistle is pure spaghetti western). The shift from slow burn to up-tempo scat works well and you just settle into the groove when the band hits you with three part soaring harmony breakdown to end the song. It shows exactly how capable this band is and like a good book you can't helping looking forward to see how their career will play out.

Each of the five songs on this EP exposes another side of their song writing, but the package is remarkably cohesive. So Cool is a nice slacker, grungy rocker and the Canadiana Tied to Love is the type of song you'd love to hear in a dive bar on a beat up old juke box. The heavy acoustic strums and harmonica flourishes compliment the AM radio harmonies and piano. Even the album closer - Market of the Night - shows another wrinkle in the band's repertoire. The opening electric work drifts into an almost jam band feel before they attack you with heavy guitars and crashing cymbals that never let up.

If you can find a more impressive 20 minutes of rock n' roll that doesn't need to rely on computer blips or hammered out synths to keep you moving, pass it my way. In the meantime jump on board with Great Bloomers and enjoy the ride.
MP3:: Catching Up
MP3:: Market of the Night


Posted at 2:36 PM by ack :: 2 comments

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At 10:35 PM, Anonymous matthew did sayeth:

This is such a great EP...glad to see you posted about it!


At 10:44 PM, Blogger ack did sayeth:

ha ha... putting on my top ten list for you was probably a HUGE giveaway :)


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