CD REVIEW: Accidental Tribe - Resolution
By: Cyrus Rhodes
Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Indie Rock, Punk,
Sounds Like: Weezer, Green Day, Soundgarden
Technical Grade: 4/10
Weakness: Engineering (Recording, Mixing, Mastering) Marketability, Timing Flaws.
NY based punk band “Accidental Tribe” releases their latest CD entitled Resolution in 2010. The group is composed of the following: Beat ‘A Tribe’ Arevalo on vocals & guitar, Moe Cash on bass, Peter Harrison McWhinney on guitar and D-Boogie Wondaland on drums.
The CD kicks things off into high gear with solid garage rock vibe, “Half” psychedelic guitar groove meshed against emotionally charged vocal delivery, & well placed harmonies from lead singer Arevalo. Track 2 “Back2Myself” serves up another solid low end groove, with punk rock musical flow coupled with hooky harmonies & impressive vocal accents from Arevelo. Track 3 my personal favorite “Subway” shifts gears with its slithering musical intro eventually lending itself into a pulsating rock groove meshed with an infectious rock melody that flows & ebbs its way through fruition. As the CD unfolds I can hear many musical influences reminiscent of Soundgarden, Weexer, Green Day & even The White Stripes. Right from the start you will notice Arevalo & company feel quite comfortable just letting it all hang out musically, not holding anything back. The overall musical vibe has a nice, raw punk indie feel to it. McWhinney’s guitar playing is rock solid across the board as he dishes out impressive guitar licks, rock solid rhythm guitar playing & a few mesmerizing solos. Arevalo’s voice goes down smooth & is full of passion, & recklessness abandon. The musicianship from all the other members in the band has everything you would expect from a standard 4 piece delivery. The songs themselves are short & sweet musical experiences, each one possessing unique personality, flair, & signature groove. From melodic “Looking In (From the Outside)” to adrenalin soaked “Supremist” to mesmerizing “Bare Mexican Bones” to rocking “Supernatural” this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with Resolution “Explosion Theory Mix” to the prefect finale statement for a CD like this.
The CD is not without weakness. The biggest problem with the CD is not the band, not the music, not even the performances themselves - it’s the engineering aspect of it. The overall production quality (recording, mixing, mastering) is extremely erratic, amateurish, & a bit all over the place. From drum recordings that sound awkward, to obscure sounding distorted guitars, buried solo guitars, to vocal levels that seem extremely disproportional to the music – this CD has all the trademarks of a "basement garage-band" mix job from start to finish. It takes skill and engineering savvy to record, mix, & master a musical production to industry standards these days. The impact this will have on its overall marketability cannot be overstated. If this was 1975 this would be a cutting edge musical production, unfortunately its 2011, so the bar is set really high for independent artists like Accidental Tribe. Given the talent factor of this band & the scope of his songwriting craft, impressive vocals, songs, & rock solid musicianship - it’s a bit unfortunate besides being unorthodox. If this review seems lopsided it’s merely a reflection to the extremes presented on Resolution. I even detected timing issues sprinkled throughout the CD. Some of the songs don’t even sound like the same band. At the end of the day the catalogue is in dire need of upgrade. I fully realize this is a subjective art form, nut many of the above issues effect the CD’s overall marketability.
In close Resolution is an action packed production from start to finish. It’s strong suit – its raw feel almost as if you were watching a band play live in the studio. The songs are extremely melodic, passionate, & powerful & will no doubt get your adrenalin pumping. If I could say anything to Accidental Tribe right now – it would be to surround yourself with world class Mixing, Mastering, & Recording engineers that can do your music justice thus giving your audience a musical production they so rightfully deserve. Do this & it’s fair to say your best work -is yet to come.