EP REVIEW: Red Weather - "Every Alleyway"
By: Neil Thomas
Weakness: Over-compressed, also lacks some clarity/definition in the guitar sounds
Detroit power three-piece, Red Weather released their debut EP entitled “Every Alley Wall” in 2010. Five original songs with an rhythm and blues edge to their rock style combine to give a flavor of what you can expect to hear from this excellent and very ‘live’ sounding trio. They say you should never judge a book by it’s cover and that is certainly the case here. Without meaning to be unkind, the artwork for the disc is very
The CD launches with “Life of Crime”, a curiously titled, and well crafted lyric setting out Red Weathers stall off with “Temporary Fix: a hooky, mid-tempo acoustic rock piece that gets things going in the right direction. Right from the start this upbeat modern day Monkeys delivers catchy lyrics, and amazing originality. Track 3 “I Wasn’t There” is easily my favorite track on the EP. It begins in bluesy ballad mode with some wonderfully emotive progressions and thought provoking lyrics, expertly contrasted with a growly and rocked up chorus.. a bold move – but one which certainly pays off. There are some beautifully executed harmonies which I think really makes this song. The keyboard touches add a little extra color to the music, well done! The fourth track “Lewis and Clark” picks up the pace again with some fast choppy rhythms. I’m sure I can hear a little early Yes and Rush style influence here, as Red Weather show their musical prowess. The band are having a lot of fun with this track and that is so important. I’m sure that the bands fans get a sense of that when they play live.
The strengths of Red Weathers songwriting and musical dexterity is somewhat compromised by the over-compression which is unfortunate, as I’m sure that if the dynamics had been left alone the overall sound of the band would have been greatly improved. I must admit it took me a little time to get into the vibe of this CD but after a few listens through it really started to grow on me – to the point where I’m wondering if the band will go on to record a full length album – its got to be a good sign when a band leaves you wanting more!
Overall this is a very impressive debut release from Red Weather – made more surprising by the initial impression you get from the CD cover. The information is very poorly laid out and some of it is almost illegible. From a marketing point of view, the sleeve notes are very important. You can have the best music in the world, but if people cant find out about you – then you’ll always be stuck at square one. That said, Red Weather obviously have a lot to offer the Detroit live scene, I hope they can get their website back up and running so that their fans around the globe can keep up to date with what they have to offer.
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