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CD REVIEW: Our Friends and the Spiders - Walk Me Out

by: Cyrus Rhodes

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Artist: Our Friends and the Spiders
Album: Walk Me Out
Label: Independent Artist

Website: http://www.oftsmusic.com/

Genre: Alternative Rock, College Rock
Sounds Like:
Spoon, Interpol, Wintersleep, Plants and Animals, Hey Rosetta, Cold Play on Steroids
Technical Grade: 8/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 8/10
Commercial Value: 8/10
Overall Talent Level: 8/10
Songwriting Skills: 8/10
Performance Skill: 8/10
Best Songs: Let’s Celebrate, Ma Bulle, Black Shadow
Weakness: More solo segments, 1 short sided song, No Barcode, Sparse liner notes, Short sided CD


CD REVIEW:

 

For fans of Interpol, hey Rosetta!, Plant & Animals and My Morning Jacket. Our Friend & The Spiders (OFTS) is a Montreal-based band that was formed in 2008 and consists of four musicians who try to defy conventional music boundaries. OFTS’s EP (2008) was their first take at recording and producing in studio as a band. This was accomplished in part by winning studio time in the provincial music contest “L’Omnium du Rock Budweiser” where they ended up in the finals. With their newly released (May 2012) first full-length album ‘Walk Me Out' which they co-produced with Sébastien Rivard, this indie rock band has created an appealing sound that is steeped in vintage reverb, haunting fuzz and catchy rhythms. Their music is radio-friendly and transcends age groups, gender and musical tastes. Band members are: Mathieu Morin: Lead Vocals, Guitars, Sebastien Rodriguez: Guitar, Phil Grant: Drums, Back Vocals, P ascal Sauvageau: Bass, Keys, Loop Pgm and Various Devices, Back Vocals

 

The CD lifts off the ground nicely with rocking intro piece “Your Ghost”.  This song serves up infectious rocked out guitars painted against mesmerizing vocals, hypnotic lyrical content and driving rock rhythm that quickly lead you by the hand down the path of psychedelic musical indulgence. Track 2 “Wait”  keeps things rocking with its impressive guitar ambience, psychedelic groove, impressive vocal harmonies painted against a grand mosaic of vivid sound. The striking musical flow of this piece brilliantly moves like an ocean across the ears. Track 3 “Let’s Celebrate” is an impressive electro-earthy piece that is quite dynamic, full of tasty keyboards, and musical peaks and valleys that flow and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition. All in all one of my favorite pieces on the CD. This piece is remarkably striking to the ears as well with its Alternative Rock touches and hypnotic vibe. As the CD slowly unfolds I can hear many musical influences reminiscent of a classic Modest Mouse, Death Cab for Cutie and Spoon, Interpol, Wintersleep, Plants and Animals, Hey Rosettaand Cold Play on steroids. I would classify this music as Alternative Rock with a UK Indie College Rock flair. I can also hear experimental type music with classic remnants of the British invasion glory days. The CD presents brilliant flashes of theatrical rocked out ambience and all things rock n’ roll related. You will also notice rich layers of instrumentation layered along the way full of dynamics, Organ, well placed harmonies, low end rhythm section, exotic sound effects and enticing melodies. Morin showcases some impressive singing with an appealing vibrato, and impassioned feel. OFTS have clearly proves themselves with this latest release. They all possess solid musical instincts. During my initial research I discovered this band is quite the hot topic live. Playing live, these lads dish out a cosmic fury and induces the same in their audience. It’s hard, it’s heavy, it’s rock and roll, re-imagined and reinvigorated.  From melodic “Escape” to dynamic title track to methodical “Useless Words” to rocking “Ma Bulle” to dynamic “Black Shadow” this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with “Track 11 “Giant End” the perfect finale statement for an EP of this caliber.   

 

I wish there were more solo segments throughout. All songs over 3.5 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line. The song format on the back of the CD lacks numerical assignments – a bit unorthodox. There is no barcode anywhere on the CD package – indicating to me retail non-compatibility. Liner note are lacking detailed information pertaining to the production and band. Distorted guitar is a bit hot within the mix/sonic space. Track 6 feels like an incomplete statement to me. This CD needs 3 or 4 more tracks to make it a fully loaded CD release.

 

Our Friends and the Spiders latest release Walk Me Out is a compelling musical journey. These guys pretty much rock the house. Its strong suit is its amazing sonic ambience and song for song musical flow. These guys get high marks from me for their brilliant musical approach bringing in much instrumentation and musical variety. This CD will be a real joy for those listeners out there who want flowing rocked out ambience to fill their sonic space peacefully and unobtrusively. This progressive format makes for a great extended play experience. I recommend you just hit play, close your eyes and see where the party takes you.  So if you’re looking for a psychedelic musical experience with sonic ambience, theatrical brilliance and a psychedelic rock aftertaste, then I highly recommend you take a listen to the latest CD from Our Friends and the Spiders right away called Walk me Out.

 

Cyrus Rhodes