With roots stretching back to their time
at Bradley University in Peoria,
guitarists Carl Johnson and Jon Trainor,
drummer Zach Dresser and bassist Matt
Heston clearly are children of the
alternative '90s: Their trumpeted list
of musical heroes includes the Foo
Fighters, Pearl Jam and Third Eye Blind.
At times, I Think Everything I Say
does indeed muster an echo of that era's
grungy bombast. But on songs such as
"Shine," "Near" and the impressive
sing-along "This is a Hospital for
Sinners," they add an endearing sort of
plaintiveness and vulnerability.
hard to say whether this is intentional
or an accidental result of the fact that
they can't really sing, but it sorta
works: "What would Pearl Jam have
sounded like if Jonathan Richman was the
frontman instead of Eddie Vedder?" is an
intriguing question that really had
never occurred to me before.
The quartet just celebrated the
arrival of its new self-titled EP with a
record release party at Phyllis' Musical
Inn, but it will be playing again at
Ronny's, 2101 N. California, on Aug. 21.
Meanwhile, the new tunes are streaming