Sunday, November 3, 2013

The Atlicic EP Review for 'Over the Atlantic'

The Atlicic are a local Staten Island indie/alternative band comprised of three guys and a girl. Indie/alternative is being modest as the band rocks through a number of well played genres throughout this six song EP, Over the Atlantic.

Ricky Boyance - Lead Guitar
Emilee Barrett - Rhythm Guitar/Vocals
Jason Seelal - Bass/Lead Vocals
Justin Caputo - Drums

Leading off the EP, "Intro" has an ominous feel and a great build up that seems to be coming to a head as it flows right into the next track.

"Can't Breathe," picks up right where the intro left off and hits the listener with a steady pulse of bass, tom hits, and intricate guitar work. It is a bit mellow but has a Incubus like feel to it both musically and vocally. From the jump, listening to this song prepares the listener for what is sure to be a short punch in the face of music.

"Let Me Go" rips right in with a super fast paced metal-esque riff, before settling into a more progressive/post hardcore part. The chorus then comes in suddenly, and its really punky. I am honestly having a hard time deciding what this song is as far as genre, because "really dope" does not cover it. This song does a great job at mixing up multiple influences.

Whatever Makes You Smile" brings the band back to halt, and layers on an Incubus Light Grenades style of music. The nice "Woo's" add a nice layer over the already great chorus. This song takes elements of every song on the EP and kind of jumbles them together into a solid mixture of what the band is. 

Next up is  "So Long" has a calming almost pop like beginning unto it transforms into a full out pop-punk fest off open high hats and fast riffs. This song would fit nicely on one of Yellowcard's albums post Ocean Avenue. "So Long" would make for a great radio single, and I could definitely see it as a sort of summer jam anthem.

Closing out the EP is "Running On Batteries." I love this song! The guitars and tone are excellent. The bass and drums really drive the song along, and the vocals are just so catchy. The chorus is fantastic, and honestly, I want to keep playing this track over and over. What an excellent way to close out the EP.

Over the Atlantic is very very impressive. It seems every album I review this year becomes my new favorite, but this one has a different feel to it. It has lasting power, and I can't wait to see what else these guys and gal come up with. 

Check them out on November 9th as they release their EP along with Backslashes and Bad Ideas. 

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