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Nik Piscitello is a singer-songwriter that began his career as a post-hardcore musician. When his first band, Spark of Life, dispersed; Piscitello formed a post-hardcore band called Last of the Believers. Although there were many major label offers for this band, life got in the way and adulthood set in. The band, Wayfarer, began as a way for Piscitello to try to make a sense of the adult world he now lived in.
‘The Albatross We Keep’, Wayfarer’s sophomore EP, are songs about a man trying to confront the challenges of adulthood. For this EP, Piscitello enlisted help from Joe Ginsberg (bass), Ryan Seaman (drums), and Brian Marquis (backing vocals). He also commissioned Doug Grean to produce the EP.
The EP has a relaxed and mellow sound. While it’s upbeat, it’s not to the extreme. When focusing on the lyrics, there is a sad undertone to them. The lyrics tell a story that includes real struggles about coming into adulthood and what it’s like to be an adult in the current world.
The song I most relate to is Track 3 called ‘On and On’. This song is most relatable because it shows how some people are able to find the bright side of life, while others are unable to or won’t. Towards the end of the song, a loud and upbeat tempo begins that makes you feel joyful.
‘The Albatross We Keep’ is a good EP for anyone to listen to. No matter what mood you are in, the listener is able to relate to the songs. I will be keeping this EP on repeat as I transition my way into adulthood, as it helps me realize that I am not alone when I feel lost and confused.
Reviewed by Brittaney Penney
The debut EP "Something Beautiful" from the group They Cage the Animals.
Somewhere In Westegg is a perfect starter song. It reminds me of a female All Time Low with a nice rhythm and it would be very easy to sing along to.
Atlanta 1964 has more piano and drums which is a refreshing change. It's more of a break up song which can get tiresome at times but this one is done right and it's done nicely.
For the Sun and for the Summer was not at all what I was expecting after hearing the first two songs but it was a nice change and kept it from being repetitive.
Over and Out had nice guitar and was very catchy. This one was definently a shower sing along song! This seems like it would be a great summer song that you couldn't get tired of!
Subject to Change was a bit slower with some nice piano work in the instrumental parts of the song. It's catchy and has a lot of variety in it.
This was a great Debut EP and has a lot of variety. If you're someone who likes pop punk with some variety thrown in you'll like They Cage the Animal.
They have big thing coming for them!
Reviewed By: Jordan Chandler
As Bold As Brass, the most recent album release from the UK native band, Booze & Glory, captures the perfect rock feel that every punk album should have. From the first drum roll to the last strum of the guitar, B&G takes me back to what I imagine a 70's rock concert to be. They write about their rockstar lives, sticking together, and relationships.
The first track, "Off We Go!" sets the tone for the rest of the album with a fun, get off your feet and dance type of song. The lyrics give us an in on their rockstar-esque lifestyle. Booze & Glory shows they are enjoying their job and their life as they travel the world to play music.
The following tracks, at first listen, all sound similar, up to "Julie" which is obviously written about a girl. Their songs have a respectable theme to them - not of drinking, hooking up or partying despite the band's name.
The final song off the album, "Always On The Wrong Side (Acoustic)" is the perfect treat for any old-time listeners of the band who enjoy a good acoustic run down of their favorite song. This track is strictly guitar and vocal--without losing it's "Saturday night in a bar with your friends" feel that all of their songs suggest.
Listening to the album, front to back will put you in a rock-n-roll mood!
I found myself bobbing my head and humming along to the beat the whole time. For a first time listener, I would recommend trying "Leave the Kids Alone" or "Waiting for Tomorrow" to get a good feel for the album's sound. Each track is a fun, upbeat jam for anyone. While Booze & Glory may not have the sound that everyone is looking for, punk rock fans are sure to enjoy this newest release.
Reviewed By: Emily Kelley