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EP REVIEW: Another October - Another October (EP)
By Cyrus Rhodes - 07/06/2012 - 02:54 PM EDT

Artist: Band: Another October
Album: Another October (EP)
Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Alternative Pop/Rock
Sounds Like: Green Day, Weezer, Gin Blossoms, Good Charlotte
Technical Grade: 7/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 8/10
Commercial Value: 9/10
Overall Talent Level: 9/10
Songwriting Skills: 9/10
Performance Skill: 7/10
Best Songs: Dear Friends and Enemies, Autumn Again
Weakness: Winded Songs, EP Release
CD Review:

Grand Rapids Michigan based Power Pop Rockers “Another October” just released their latest EP entitled Storage Stories” in 2012. Reading from their bio: Infusing a fascinating array of musical histories with the band’s explosive electric guitar and harmony driven vibe, the band found themselves in a whole new place in their career with this release.

The CD kicks things off with Track 1 "Lux Et Veritas" a prelude of sorts that leads you by the hand to Track 2 ”Dear Friends and Enemies” a melodic guitar driven intro groove meshed against driving rock rhythm, emotionally charged vocal delivery from front man Chen Flakes and well placed harmonies. Track 3 “Romeo was Wrong” serves up another hooky groove, with melodic musical flow coupled with hooky harmonies and impressive sonic vocal accents from Flakes. Track 4 “Autumn Again” shifts gears with its slithering musical intro eventually lending itself into a pulsating rock groove meshed with an infectious rock melody that flows and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition. As the CD unfolds I can hear many musical influences reminiscent of Green Day, Weezer, Good Charlotte and The Killers. Right from the start you will notice Flakes and company feel quite comfortable just letting it all hang out musically, not holding anything back. The overall musical vibe has a nice, raw punk indie feel to it. The guitar playing is rock solid across the board as he dishes out impressive guitar licks, rock solid rhythm guitar playing and a few mesmerizing solos. Flakes’s got solid vocal timber and is full of passion and recklessness abandon. The musicianship from all the other members in the band has everything you would expect from a standard 5 piece rock band. The songs themselves are consistent musical experiences, each one possessing unique personality, flair and signature groove. From rocking “Autumn Again” to heartfelt “California” this EP has something for just about everyone. The EP ends with Track 6 “Last Night with Audrey Hepburn” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.

All songs over 3.5 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line. I typically deduct 1 start for all EP releases - as the full length release is the most complete snapshot of an artists at any given time. I also don't get the marketability angle of the EP title "Storage Stories." At the end of the day it totally misses the mark for me with respect to it's overall and how it relates to the catalouge as a whole.  

In close Storage Stories 6 song EP is an impressive 6 song teaser from Chen Flakes and company.. If these guys have a slam dunk live presentation then that would be a deadly combination no doubt. The songs are extremely melodic, passionate and powerful – and will no doubt get both your heart adrenalin pumping.

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