Friday, February 17, 2012

Walking Sideways - Self Titled (EP)


Music can be pretty predictable. Predictable in the sense of band after band releasing album after album, year after year only to get pigeonholed into their applicable genera slot or typical “other artist” comparisons. It’s true that over the years we’ve seen bands come and go, but every once in a great while we see an artist break this mold by releasing music that is fresh. This can also be done by methodically  combining genera’s.  Long Island, NY 4 piece band “Walking Sideways” fronted by vocalist Erik Hagedorn should be classified as one of these bands.

“Walking Sideways” is their latest EP release and it has much to commend it. Admittedly there is a whole lot of variety to this 3 arrangement teaser. In fact “Walking Sideways” could be classified as a 4 genera band: Alternative Rock, Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter and even Progressive Rock. It’s rare to hear a band walk a fine line between Power, Passion and Darkness. What’s more rather than release an EP that goes out of its way to prove how dark it is, this band chooses to be themselves. This is one band that has way too much precision and clarity to live in the shadows with a poetic splendor. Indeed this is clearly evident in songs like “Innocent Mistake” which methodically ups the ante to a very respectable level of catchy-poppy musical craftsmanship. As a result the music is commercially viable with a fresh sound with a dark-progressive aftertaste. In a nutshell this is Tool meets Daughtry or Lifehouse meets Incubus. Not every square inch is filled with progressive math rock delivered under duress either, but rather musical space the allows the music to breathe.  This is music that is not so easy to pin down during the first listen, but rather a CD blessed with a wide variety of taste and thought provoking musical exuberance.

I would imagine in time we will hear more from this amazing 4 piece unit via a full length release later this Summer. No doubt “Walking Sideways” has carved a very marketable niche for themselves and are set up well for success in 2012.  Time will tell.

Rating: 4/5
CD can be purchased @ REVEBNATION – http://www.reverbnation.com/walkingsideways

Mindy McCall
February, 2012

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