Hailing from Kansas City, this eager young four-piece are hoping to announce their presence with nothing less than positive overtones as they unleash their debut album Change Your Name. This album sparkles and crackles in places and should be a work of art these lads are proud of. One moment real angst surfaces and then the next there is more contemporary contemplation. Change Your Name is packed full of emotion which culminates into the ten songs contained within.
Good Life showcases their reach into potential mainstream territories and also provides the listener with the opening track. The introduction to Maps for Travelers continues to evolve when you find yourself being battered in both ears by Life on Repeat, as it shares their more anguished side. If you think that after two songs you have this band nailed then think again. Master of Time reveals some soft brass sounding instrumentation on the tail end. The trumpet in this instant is played by co-vocalist and guitarist RL Brooks. Swoon also offers a hooky musical backdrop with its rhythmic approach and along with the final track They’re Learning Fast providing a sing-along piano-led coda to the album, there are encouraging signs of development and diversity.
Overall, Change Your Name is cleverly balanced between reaching a wider accepting audience and remaining true to itself by letting rip with inner emotional turmoil and screaming the house down. By digesting other highlights like All Your Friends and Get a New Face you get the sense that this is a bright beginning for a band that present a bumper quantity of potential.
Band member Zach Brotherton says of this debut album, “Change Your Name is a phrase that seemed to come up over and over in our lyrics conceptually. We all at some point wish we could start over, or change things, so this idea that you can start over and you can change began to settle in us.” Well they’re making a change now by starting over as quite a proposition. Remember where you heard about them first.
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