We almost always go to shows early because we never want to miss the chance to se a band we have not seen before. Such was the case on February 16, 2013 when we were fortunate enough to catch “Falling Through April” for the first time ever at the House of Rock in White Marsh, Maryland. The band from Charlotte, North Carolina is tough to put a label on. There were some in our group watching that made an immediate comparison to Ten Years. I didn’t hear it at first, but lead singer Cory Wells definitely has a similar sounding voice to Jesse Hasek of Ten Years.
The band is sort of a combination of alternative/progressive rock, but with a slightly heavier edge to them at times. The music is characterized by a lot of melodic vocals and some strong harmonies, with some masterful guitar riffs. I find the lyrics to be interesting and a breath of fresh air from so many cliche lyrics that abound these days. Songs seem be trademarked by multiple tempo changes throughout that make for a really interesting almost occasionally progressive sound at times. So now that I have made that rather complicated attempt to describe the band that has many styles, let me simplify it all by saying that they are great band who has put together an extremely strong album in their release “Take Flight”.
The album really doesn’t have a weak track on it anywhere. The first tune “Enigma”, has a slightly heavier vibe to it and is vocally the best tune on the album (although all of them are very strong in this regard). It’s so hard to put a label on these guys. I hear influences from Ten Years, but then in a tune like “Pay The Price” you can almost feel a flashback to a band like The Cure or some of the classic alternative bands of the 90’s. Quite an interesting mixture? That’s precisely what makes it work.
Other strong tunes round out this full 10 song CD, and sitting down at track #8 is “Embrace The Day” which is a very cool 5 minute journey that is a great tune that sort of summarizes all of the bands styles mixed together in one tune. Certainly not to be left out is the lyrically very cool “We Are Not Alone”. This is a mellower tune and brings to mind the soulful style of music one would find in Counting Crows. Last and certainly not least is the slightly funky, slightly heavy “We Bring The Low” which is also a super cool track.
I know I have made a lot of comparisons to other bands in this review, which I do from time to time to try to paint a picture for the reader as to the style of music so one can determine if there is interest in the particular band. I really struggled on this one because there are so many different sounds within a single CD. In the end, maybe this is a band worthy of simply saying that you really do not want to overlook this cd. It’s a super cool album and one I suspect that if you will find yourself listening to over and over again.
Falling Through April put on a great live show and we look forward to seeing them live again as soon as we have the opportunity. Here is a video link to “We Bring The Low” that we shot at our very first “Falling Through April” show. We’ll be keeping an eye on this band’s tour schedule for sure.