Sunday, January 18, 2015

A Review of The Serotones

Hey everyone, Dana here. Happy New Year! Yes, it's been three weeks since my recap of 2014, but I'm back to work and back to blogging! A few days ago, someone posted a question on the Long Island Musicians page on Facebook and said "anyone know some good music blogs that feature Long Island/New York bands?" Of course, I hopped on that question and posted my blog there! I immediately got a response from a girl named April and told me about her band, The Serotones!

From left to right: Matt Cusano, April Gabrielli, Kevin Eiserman,
 Jared Gabrielli, James Humprheys

The Serotones are based out of Miller Place, and their lineup consists of Kevin Eiserman on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, April Gabrielli on vocals and keyboards, James Humphreys on lead guitar, Matt Cusano on bass, and Jared Gabrielli on drums. Their sound reminds me of Taking Back Sunday thrown in with Panic at the Disco and Radiohead; as if they belong on the radio station "The Alternate Side." They've opened up with touring acts such as Taking Back Sunday, Circa Survive, and BB King, and just recently played at Amityville Music Hall and opened up for Gates and Young Statues.

 The Serotones released their 5 track self-titled EP on November 18th, 2014, and I'm here to put my two cents into the five songs here!

Track 1: Silver

The track opens with a catchy guitar riff as the rest of the band joins in to create a wall of sound. I really love the dual vocals between Kevin and April in this track, along with their harmonies together as well. You can clearly hear the chemistry between the two voices in this song; I really can't get over how well the harmonies fit together like pieces of a puzzle. I think this is a great opening track, and the perfect song to do a music video that you can see here: 

Track 2: Under The Rug

Out of all the songs on this track, this reminds me of something I'd listen to on "The Alternate Side" as I'm driving to work in the morning. The lyrics and message behind this song is really beautiful. "Cradle me at night, love in our minds. Sleep tight sweet darling, and dream of us together in bright light." When I heard that break in the song, my heart melted. I can see this song as part of a soundtrack in a romantic comedy too!

Track 3: The Crown

The intro of this song reminds me of "Hitching A Ride" by Green Day, and then the rest of the band joins in to create a reggae rhythm mixed in with alternative rock. Again, the harmonies complete the song. Not a lot of bands these days throw harmonies together; it's mostly just one person doing vocals with no backing vocals to accompany or compliment the other voice. The Seratones, on the other hand, have two voices that compliment each other beautifully.

Track 4: Crash

What I really like the most about this track is that I can really hear the keyboards on this song that compliments the main guitar riff. There are not a lot of local bands out there that feature keyboards. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love the traditional two guitars, bass and drums; that's what my band is. But I love something new; something different than what I'm used to hearing and playing. The best pat of the song is towards the close of the track. I love the triplets that come to a crashing end, no pun intended.

Track 5: Hello

The rhythm of this song is so catchy that it makes me want to dance! I caught myself bopping my head to the rhythm while I was typing up this section of this post. What I really like is that the opening tracks and the closing tracks feature dual vocals again, so it's like two book covers with a variety of songs in between. Another interesting thing I noticed was that this song has an abrupt ending instead of everyone holding a note that fades out to close the song. I thought that was really cool.

After listening to this EP, I got a really good feeling about The Serotones. They have great potential, and I hope that my band will share the stage with them in the future. Check them out on Facebook, Twitter, Spotify, and their website for updates on upcoming shows and events. Enjoy the rest of your weekend, I will be writing again soon!

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