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Hailing from south central Pennsylvania, Reservoir are a young band in nearly every sense of the word. The band—Justin Lutz, Andrew Crow, Joshua Allamon and Steven Sensenig—had their first practice in the fall of 2010 and have released a demo, a digital single (“Forgetting and Trusting”), a three-song 7-inch (Into Endings) and a split 7-inch with Bicycle Ride in their brief history. Meanwhile, between school and day jobs, they’ve managed to tour the east coast several times, as well as touring the midwest and Canada once each. It’s all led to the release of their finest work yet, I Heard You As I Walked Away, set for a summer drop from Broken World Media, Major Bear Records and Dead Flower Records.
Though reservoir say they take influence from bands like Sunny Day Real Estate, Planes Mistaken For Stars and Mineral among others, there are greater forces at play here. The band take those well-worn influences, and place a younger, more exuberant veneer on them while simultaneously (and impressively maintaining) a sound beyond their years. These guys are all in their early 20s, which might be readily apparent given how formulated their sound is. It’s just a testament to their burgeoning talents and innate ability to navigate sounds in ways that their contemporaries only sort of do.
I Heard You As I Walked Away is sure to set apart Reservoir from the rest. The band have been working on these seven songs for the better part of a year, and it shows: There’s far more nuance, texture and character in them than anything else the band have done at this point. But while it’s their high point, it’s by no means the pinnacle of what they’re capable of accomplishing. Time will tell, but it’s clear Reservoir have a leg up on the competition.