EP REVIEW: The Como Brothers - The Speed of Sound
By Cyrus Rhodes - 07/25/2012 - 04:00 PM EDT
Artist: The Como Brothers
Album: The Speed of Sound
Label: Independent Artist
Sounds Like: Train, Gin Blossoms, Matchbox 20, The Killers, Modest Mouse.
Technical Grade: 8/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 8/10
Commercial Value: 8/10
Overall Talent Level: 8/10
Songwriting Skills: 10/10
Performance Skill: 8/10
Best Songs: Underneath it All, I Don’t Like You
Weakness: EP Release
New York based The Como Brothers just released their latest EP entitled The Speed of Sound in 2012. The Como Brothers recently landed a spot on the Warped Tour and even licensed some music to MTV. Band members include Matt Como (lead vocals, bass), Andrew Como (lead vocals, lead guitar) and Dorian Costanzo (drums)
The EP gently takes to flight with rocking “Underneath it All” a dynamic intro piece that methodically serves up rocking guitar ambiance against driving rock rhythms, impressive harmonies and impressive vocal flair from Como. Track 2 “You are My World” shifts gears a bit with flowing rock rhythm, impressive harmonies against hooky vocal melody from Como and company. Track 3 “I Don’t Like You” serves up a clever piece complete with clever lyrical content, thought provoking subject matter and impressive chorus that flows & ebbs it’s way through to emotional fruition. As the EP slowly unfolds I can hear many musical influences reminiscent of classic Good Charlotte, They Might Be Giants, Matchbox 20, Gin Blossoms, Train, Death Cab for Cutie, and even The Killers. This EP makes a pretty solid first impression. Right from the start you will notice rich musical textures overflowing everywhere, full of variety, solid playing and world class songwriting. I would classify this music as acoustic pop rock, with a slight aftertaste of alternative rock. The songs themselves are addictive, and thought provoking complete with passionate thought provoking subject matter. The musicianship of this band is rock solid across the board. The players themselves write, & play there parts extremely well. Turing our attention to singer Matt Como – let me go on record to say his voice is amazing. Como’s voice works well across the board and fills the sonic space peacefully and unobtrusively. If he wrote all these songs - well he could be bigger than any of currently realize. The Ep ends with Track 4: Can I Be Mathed with You” the perfect finale statement for an EP of this caliber From this EP pretty much has something for just about everyone.
I generally don't give out 10 star ratings to EP's. The full length releases is a more complete snapshot of what an artists is capable of at any given time.
The latest EP from The Como Brothers is an impressive musical sampler from start to finish. The music is clean, goes down smooth, & the messages are extremely thought provoking & passionate in nature. It’s strong suit – the deeply rich production value, amazing songs & strong vocal presence from Matt Como. It’s amazing how much talent this 3 piece brings to the table. The Como Brothers possesses enough musical talent & songwriting prowess to be extremely dangerous in 2012. One would be wise to keep a watchful eye on them. Underneath it all the future looks bright – we shall see. Bring on the Full Length!
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