I’m going to start by saying that once you really listen to these guys, there’s something there for sure: They are more than just simple voices. They are awesome, they are fun, they are catchy… and that’s just the first song.
Tread Lightly by Kansas City’s We Are Voices is something like Coldplay and Explosion in the Sky had a baby, who, like so many children, made it to be better than his parent. I’m serious. It is light and easy to listen to yet explosive and powerful, and it even has the force to throw you out of your seat.
“The Sun” immediately reminds us in some degree of Underoath’s song “Too Bright To See, Too Loud To Hear,” except without all the screaming at the end. The guitars manage to impress without making our ears bleed, drumbeats and bass lines sustain the song pretty well and oh, those vocals! It will captivate more than one for sure. “Fighting Fires” follows pretty much the same road.
“Difference” is more relaxing, with drums, bass, rhythm guitars and the beautiful, almost sober, vocals by Lucas Larson. That is, of course, until we get near the end of the track where you can expect something more powerful, for only a few seconds though. A perfect song to just sit there and be delighted. Something similar happens with “The Design.”
On the other hand, “Go On,” “54 +55,” and “Love Will Follow” are already something quite different. There is no drums or bass. Just a guitar and more an echo than vocals.
“Do not Be Afraid” is one of the most cheerful songs on the album, more “pop” than the others.
And finally we find “Blood and Water,” a piano tune where Lucas bring us something simple, kind of sad, but yet entertaining. There’s also a little bit of Coldplay in it.
In conclusion, there is nothing to say except that these guys know how to rock. It’s that type of record that your neighbour might not complain about if you play it loud with big speakers in your car – of course, it depends on your neighbor, so if you want to give it a try, you’re doing it under your own risk. As far as Indie, Rock, and Alternative, I’d dare to say this is one of the best albums released this year.
Review by RJ Frometa
Edited by Marion Lougheed