Saturday, August 22, 2009

Review: Fulton Read "Indivisualize" [EP]

Stephen Duffy and Anthony Erickson comprise Fulton Read, a rather eclectic rock band based in Austin, TX. "Indivisualize" is their latest EP, which they describe as "a big boost in diversity with funky jazz breakdowns, improv jams and trippy segues, all next to a piano pop hook."

One thing about this band that is indisputable: you are going to have a hard time comparing them to anyone. With the wide variety of musical instruments and styles, I think it is safe to say they are carving out their own niche. Maybe all these interesting goodies are distracting me, but I am having trouble finding the hook. The other element that pulls away your attention more than anything else are the striking vocals.

Erickson's vocals are raspy and grating, with hints of Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) coming through. They just don't seem to match well with this brand of music. Imagine what Trent Reznor would sound like if backed by Ben Folds - that is Fulton Read. Not exactly the most inviting thing to listen to, but some people will truly appreciate the fresh sound.

I would recommend Fulton Read if you like The Dwellers or Stereophonics. If you want to check them our for yourself, you've got nothing to lose but a little time and memory space - "Indivisualize" is available as a free download through their MySpace page. That's right..."after four years of recording, promoting, releasing and playing, Fulton Read has turned its back on music business as usual and determined themselves to release all their new music for FREE." Thanks guys, but don't go teaching a course in business anytime soon! Go buy a T-shirt so they don't have to sell another Saturn to make an EP.

Fulton Read on MySpace. Official site.

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