October – October


October’s self titled EP wears its influences on its sleeve. Within the first few seconds it’s obvious you’re going on a journey to the blissed out hinterlands of a late 80s post-punk Shoegazerville. This isn’t necessary a bad thing. If you’re into The Jesus and Mary Chain and My Bloody Valentine, October’s three songs will give you exactly what you are looking for. Unfortunately, if you don’t dig down tempo washes of reverb and angsty, whisper-soft vocals you probably aren’t going to find a lot on this disc to like. I for one love the influences they are drawing from. The three tracks on this disc make me want to catch this band live and also pique my curiosity as to what they would do on a longer album. Would they use the room to experiment beyond confines of their chosen genre? Or would they continue to stick this close to the work of artists that defined the sound? Despite enjoying the EP, I can admit that October doesn’t really bring anything new to the table. But it is well worth checking out if you wanna take a trip back in time to a world where the skies are always grey and gettin’ sad was still good fun. (Independent, facebook.com/thebandOctober) Dave Skene

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