EP REVIEW: Duc'n It Easy - October (EP)
By: Cyrus Rhodes
"rock solid groove"
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Artist: Ducnit Easy
Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Celtic, Acoustic, Folk, Alternative Rock
Sounds Like: Counting Crows, Rob Thomas, Dave Mathews Band
Technical Grade: 7/10
5 piece Duc'n It Easy hails from Milford MA. This is their debut EP entitled October released in Spring 2010. Influences includes classic Jam band types e
The EP kicks things off with “Little Games” a dynamic intro piece that serves up dynamic rock intro, eventually lending itself to a progressive rock crescendo full of driving rock rhythm, infectious vocal melody & some sizzling solo guitar work. Like true Jam Band for this song has an extended play format pushing 7 minutes. & some change. Track 2 “Falling from Grace” dishes out a sassy-type blues-type ditty with flowing bass lines, against bluesy-rock guitar rhythms. This piece goes down smooth as silk, & sounds strikingly similar to Cherry Bomb by John Cougar Mellencamp. Track 3 “October” shifts gears a bit with delicate guitar intro vocal intro by lead singer Antonio Casasanta. True to Jam Band form this song gradually builds into full tit jam sequence before ending. As the EP slowly unfolds I can hear many different musical textures reminiscent of such classic acts such as The Counting Crows, Dave Matthews Band, & Los Lonely Boys. The music itself is an impressive blend of alternative college rock, with perhaps a dash of acoustic folk-blues. Casasanta’s voice is impressive, & full of passion reminiscent of such singers as Adam Dutitz (counting Crows), Rob Thomas (Matchbox 20) & maybe a splash of Dave Mathews. With a rock solid look, impressive pipes, & a guitar on his back Casasanta is a triple threat musically. If he wrote most of this music - well he could be more than just a premier talent within this band, he could be the Next Rob Thomas without even knowing it yet. The songs themselves are short & sweet musical experiences, each one possessing unique personality, flair, & signature groove. From upbeat “Whiskey & Peanuts” to grooving “Sweet Melody” this EP has something for just about everyone. The EP ends with “Duc’n It (Back to MA) an easy going blues rock piece that dishes out impressive slide guitar accents, against a driving acoustic guitar rhythm.
Though I do like the extended play format, & some of the extended solo guitar jams, many of the songs over 5 minutes will drag you to the finish line every time. This 5 piece needs to learn how to incorporate a few more piano, or Hammond Organ solos to mix things up more. Some songs take to long to develop, or end. It’s safe to say despite his moments singer Antonio Casasanta struggles hitting high notes & needs to work on his falsetto.
Overall “October“ by Duc'n It Easy is a rock solid groove.It's nice to know there are still Jam Bands out there pumping out serious grooves. At the end the day these guys are a lot of fun to groove, & no doubt a blast to check out live. Their music is rock solid, all the messages are passionate & are sung from a deeply honest perspective, & the writing, playing abilities of this band are clearly above the bar. Their strong suit – the amazing vocal presence of lead singer Antonio Casasanta. Like the aforementioned he is a musical triple threat, & is clearly the premier talent within this band. He possesses enough musical talent & songwriting prowess to be extremely dangerous. Let’s hope his head doesn’t catch up to where his talent is any time soon. So if you like a jammed out musical experience that serves up musical textures reminiscent of Counting Crows, & Dave Mathews Band, then I highly recommend you jump head first into the October EP by Duc'n It Easy as soon as possible. I look forward to checking out the full length later this year.
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