EP REVIEW: Fallsstart - Our Summer (EP)
By: Cyrus Rhodes
Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Alternative Rock, Indie Rock, Punk Rock
Sounds Like: They Might Be Giants, Weezer, Good Charlotte, Death Cab for Cutie
Weakness: EP Release, CD Cover Art Concept
NOTE: 10 star rating are reserved only for Full Length CD's.
Honolulu Hawaii’s own 3 piece band Fallstart release their latest EP entitled Our Summer” in 2011. Reading from their bio: “FallsStart, it’s more than just an album title, it’s the physical manifestation of the group’s hard work and dedication to their craft; the realization of a musical vision by way of fierce guitar work, pounding rhythms, and searing vocals.” Well played.
The EP quickly takes to flight with impressive intro piece “Heir to the Throne”. This song methodically serves up rocking guitar ambiance against driving rock rhythms, impressive harmonies and melodic vocal delivery. Track 2 “Happy Song’” keeps things moving with it’s flowing rock rhythm, dynamic musical flow and hooky vocal melody against a grand slam of a chorus. Track 3 “Carnivale” serves up a clever methodical piece complete with clever lyrical content, impressive jam band feel that flows and ebbs it’s way through to emotional fruition. As the EP slowly unfolds I can hear many musical influences reminiscent of classic They Might Be Giants, Weezer, Good Charlotte and even a dash of Death Cab for Cutie. This EP makes a pretty solid first impression. Right from the start you will notice rich musical textures overflowing everywhere, full of variety, solid playing and impressive songwriting. I would classify this music as poppy punk rock, with a slight aftertaste of melodic alternative rock. The songs themselves are addictive and uplifting complete with infectious melodies and thought provoking subject matter. The musicianship of this band is rock solid across the board. The players themselves write and play there parts extremely well. Kudos go out to drummer Jaron who made my jaw hit the floor on several occasions with his double bass action. The vocal from Davey works extremely well across the board and fills the sonic space peacefully and unobtrusively. From hard rocking “Greed” to the heartfelt title track this EP pretty much has something for just about everyone. The EP ends with Track 6 “Glass” the perfect finale statement for an EP of this caliber.
It’s hard to find any noticeable weaknesses with this EP. I generally don't give out 10 star ratings to EP's as the full length release is a more complete snapshot of what a band is capable of at any given time. CD cover art totally misses the mark with me as it lacks a message, creative concept and overall marketability.
This latest EP Our Summer from Fallsstart is an impressive musical sampler from start to finish. The music is clean, goes down smooth, but at times will hit you right between the eyes. The messages are extremely thought provoking and passionate. It’s strong suit – the deeply rich production value, amazing songs and strong musicianship and vocal presence. This is one band that shouldn’t be underestimated. If you do you will get exactly what you deserve – your ass kicked. It’s amazing how much talent this 3 piece brings to the table. Fallsstart possesses enough musical talent and songwriting prowess to be extremely dangerous in 2012. One would be wise to keep a watchful eye on them. I cant wait to hear the full length CD hopefully this Summer.