EP REVIEW: Phlying Saucer - Runaway EP
By: Cyrus Rhodes
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Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Indie Rock, Popish Rock
Sounds Like: Weezer, Good Charlotte, All American Rejects, Postal Service
Technical Grade: 10/10
Los Angeles 5 piece band known as Phlying Saucer releases their debut EP entitled Runaway EP in 2010. The band features lead singer Phil McDonald (also plays guitar) Chris Miranda (guitars/vocals) Lydell Valdriz (drums) & Evan Brass (bass)
The EP quickly kicks things off with rocking “Grow on You” an impressive intro piece that dishes out low end rock groove, with driving rhythms against a mean sounding guitar & hooky vocal harmonies. Infectious vocal hooks & phrasing from lead singer Phil McDonald makes a solid first impression delivering a grand slam chorus. Track 2 “Blame Me” serves-up another strong piece of music combining melodic guitar ambience with raw vocal passion that methodically flows & ebbs its way through emotional fruition. Track 3 “Runaway” presents more poppy, sing songy rock flair combining mesmerizing melodic guitar that leads you head first into an amazing vocal finale. As the CD slowly unfolds I can hear many different musical textures reminiscent of classic Weezer, Good Charlotte, All American Rejects, & just s splash of Postal Service. The music has everything you would expect from a 5 piece rock band Solid low end rock grooves, driving distorted rhythm guitar with catchy melodic vocals & even impressive solo guitar action. The vocal style itself of McDonald goes down smooth & fills the space peacefully & unobtrusively. As the EP slowly reveals more & more to you its obvious Phlying Saucer is an accomplished rock band that is fun to listen to providing catchy melodies & a solid rock vibe. If these guys had a solid live presentation they would indeed be even more deadly. All songs themselves are solid across the board with the lyrical content that is short & sweet, even providing flashes of clever conventional wisdom. The EP ends with “Ruin” the prefect final statement for an EP like this.
Song for song it’s fair to say this EP is just a bit repetitive sounding overall. I also wish the drums (kick drum especially) had just a little more bottom-end bite.
After checking out Runaway EP by Phlying Saucer I abandoned all hopes of finding any serious flaws. This debut EP is an impressive debut statement that clearly proves this band is a force to be reckoned with in Southern California. There’s really not a weak song on the EP. I would even go so far as to say 100% of this EP is radio friendly, & has hit potential. I especially like how the songs hit hard yet still maintain strong marketability & melodic structure. All songs are all short & sweet musical experiences, & the overall production is world class. Go to their website you will find lots of cool things including a music video for the title track. I look forward to checking out more material from Phlying Saucer this - hopefully this summer.
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