Shane Scheib – Fast Friends (EP)
In the spirit of musical justice (as I find is severely lacking these days), I gave this latest EP from Shane Scheib a good and proper listen and not only did I not hate it, but I actually kind of fell in love with it, and subsequently Henchman in the process. Surprisingly, this guy is fittingly based out East (Nashville). First the music therein is a bit more Past-Rock than Modern-Rock so it’s not lackluster as I was expecting. Some songs almost break the 3 minute barrier. I can hear influences ranging from The Shins, Jack and Jack, Jack Johnson and Jason Mraz. I can also hear The Rees Shad Band and David Wilcox, Current Swell, Ben Taylor, Ray LaMontagne and Trevor Hall. Most of the music is straight up Folk but much of it contains theatrical into, outros, long musical segments and much in the way of musical angulation which I love. The lyrics aren’t as annoying or sickly as I thought they would be. Vocals by Scheib are pretty straight forward as he commands a powerful tonal registry all the while maintaining impressive finesse and control.
Scheib melds and blends all of the above together in a starkly unique way. The end result? A new sound with an old classic feel. Reading from the words of past reviewers this is the clear consensus. How shall I sum up the sound of Scheib for you? How about ground breaking? While actually sounding like he’s not so over produced like some of the more modern sounding artists out there like Jason Mraz or John Mayer, Scheib manages to capture a sound that is old yet surprisingly fresh all at the same time. Trust me when I say there are legions of fans waiting for this guy to arrive. Many of these folk-retro tracks sounding surprisingly innovative and modern. From track 1-3 the album turns decidedly upwards and serves up 5 tracks in all. All songs will get your blood pumping. My favorite songs are the long extend play ones (Run!). My favorite is a toss-up between “Love Song” and “Just Friends.” The first track (Run!) is a great prelude. All songs will cause you to reflect on your own life experience through the keen wisdom of Scheib’s lyrics. The musicianship from all involved is World Class and the productions strokes are Professional grade. Shcheib also plays guitar.
In conclusion there are 3 things I really like about “Fast Friends” by Shane Scheib. For one I didn’t want to shoot myself with my pen like I’ve done from most bands and artists from Nashville lately. No worries there. Two: this EP may be the most diverse, impressionable, genuine, artistic EP’s I’ve heard this year. Third: Shane Scheib and his production team have the courage to write and play music the way he wants to. A far cry from the “sell out” corporate puppet show bands the masses are scratching their heads at. Whereas 90% of the bands could care less about this approach as they just want to make labels happy. This is one of the most important attributes for me when reviewing music. The latest “Fast Friends” EP by Shane Scheib has no serious flaws or weaknesses and is exactly what the title says it is a compelling musical journey of sorts through the eyes of a brilliant composer well worth your time and money.