Musical Genera: Indie-Rock, Alternative Rock, Punk
Overall Rating: 4/5
“Permission to Land” is the latest release from Venice Beach based band 2013. Band consist of 2 guys: Gerry Saint & Jason Napier. I would describe Too Bad as a more danceable, denser, more pop version than most Alt-Rock bands out there right now with infectious charisma and sound, amazing hooks, harmonies and better than average playing. From what I’ve seen they have a killer live show.
“Permission to Land” is their latest release and it has much to commend it. Admittedly, there is a whole lot of variety to these arrangements and performances. First: The impressive Saint and Napier knows how to play guitar, keyboards and delivers rock solid playing and writing like a well oiled machine. This is testament to hundreds of hours of rehearsal time no doubt. Second: the voice and Keyboards of Saint with Napier Guitar and background vocal hit the mark remarkably well within the context of this trippy yet rocking catalogue. Third: his sound and amazing songwriting touch is action packed. In fact one could classify Too Bad as a four genera artist: Punk, Rock, Alternative Rock and Ambient Rap-Rock. All songs are a skillful combination of all the aforementioned genera’s. Music will remind you of John Frusciante, Common Rider, Less Than Jake and The Urge and a more danceable version of White Stripes.
Too Bad has the power and songwriting prowess to be extremely dangerous and it’s obvious both of these guys are creative genius’s. There’s also a unique quality to this catalogue that breaks the mold when compared to the overly predictable, forgetful rock that’s been filling the airwaves lately. What am I trying to say – well let m start by saying there is nothing predictable and forgetful about Too Bad. Not every square inch is filled with musical ambience delivered under duress – but musical space this allows the music to breathe on its own with musical passion that cannot be faked. The sound quality has its issues but I can show you thousands of artists with perfect sound quality that can’t stack up to this guy. Equally as impressive is how marketable Too Bad really is. Too Bad (at least for me) has effectively found the voice for all frustrated Rock fans out there. It covers so much ground and despite this it manages to not spread itself to thin across to many lines – nicely done! This is harder to do than it sounds and can only be a by product of being ones self musically. I’ve always said if you can play it a party, then it’s marketable. If the party is in the Los Angeles area then guess what – even better! The music is extremely marketable – with a raw sound that is passionate and entertaining musical personality very much like Too Bad.
Top Track: Into You
Final Word: All 8 tracks will genuinely rock your world, shake the tree and lift your spirits unlike most music you hear on the radio these days.
Mitch McCann edited by Heather Savage
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