Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Sara - Spud Brain

As I was about to give Sara and their EP Spud Brain a listen I couldn't help but think I was about to tune in to a female fronted pop band that sang songs about high school crushes, teen alienation and how     "Mom  will never understand". Though, that type of music has surely carved out it's little niche in musics broad landscape, it could not have been further from the truth when it came to this band.

Sara, in fact, are a three piece (each of them strapping young men) from New Brunswick, NJ. The band plays a style that mixes 70's rock with the aesthetics 90's indie and a bit of a low-fi value that ties everything together rather nicely.
     The EP's seven tracks are driven by some genius guitar work that produces a lot of unique and interesting twists and turns. Spud Brain delivers its share of up tempo and low key moments throughout. Each song  offering  its own unique identity and style. There are soaring moments on songs like the title track "Spud Brain" and its followup "Cancer Songs". While, offerings such as "Almond Hours" and "Criminals" offer a more intimate vibe. 

Overall I found this to be an excellent release that has a lot of different elements that come together rather seamlessly. I always wondered what it was about New Brunswick that turned out so much excellent music. Listening to Sara moves me to continue seeking the answers. This band is definitely worth further investigation. James Damion

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