EP REVIEW: The Christopher Brothers - Meet The Christopher Brothers
By: Cyrus Rhodes
The Christopher Brothers
Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Rock, Alternative Rock, Power Pop
Sounds Like: Go Go Dolls, Gin Blossoms, Hansen, The Jonas Brothers
Technical Grade: 7/10
Track 4: Imagine (Pitch & Timing Errors)
3 piece band “Meet The Christopher Brothers” just released their self-titled debut 4 song EP in 2011. The Christopher Brothers hail from Southern California. As the title indicates they are 3 siblings: ages 15-year-old Cameron (drums), 13-year-old Charles (lead guitar), and 10 year-old Ethan (bass).
The EP quickly kicks things off with rocking “Just Another Day” an impressive intro piece that dishes out low end rock groove, with driving rhythm against a mean sounding guitar & hooky vocal harmonies. Infectious vocal hooks & phrasing make for a rock solid first impression delivering a grand slam of a chorus. Track 2 “What If” 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 “Girl you know I Care” presents more poppy, sing-songy piece combining mesmerizing melody 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, Hansen, and yes just s splash of The Jonas Brothers. The music has everything you would expect from a sibling band - solid low end rock grooves, driving distorted rhythm guitar with catchy melodic vocals & even impressive solo guitar action. The vocal style goes down smooth & fills the space peacefully & unobtrusively. As the EP slowly reveals more & more to you its obvious The Christopher Brothers is actually an accomplished band that is fun to listen to. 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. The EP ends with Acoustic John Lennon cover song “Imagine” the prefect final statement for an EP like this.
Tandem vocals on “Imagine” sound extremely weak and karaoke-ish (secondary vocalist) with pitch problems littered everywhere. I also detected a few timing errors on this piece as well.
After checking out the debut self-titled EP by The Christopher Brothers 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. At the end of the day this act is extremely marketable - I bet Walt Disney is linking their chops right now. I especially liked the play on words in regards to the band name so Jonas Brothers watch your back. I look forward to checking out more material from The Christopher Brothers later on this year.