Home by Three - Be True to Your School
Record Label: Self-released
Release Date: 2011
Be True to Your School is a 6-song EP by Home by Three, an Italian quartet who play an attractive brand of alternative rock. "Wires" finds Home by Three hitting their stride from the very beginning. Melancholic yet uplifting, it encapsulates the bandís sound very nicely and produces the EPís strongest chorus. Backing vocals of "whoa-oh-oh" carry the song to a powerful closing chorus, where the vocalist croons "the lights will get married on the wires". Lovely stuff. If you like your choruses anthemic and emotive, and itís probable that you do, then youíll have much to savour here. In addition to "Wires", you have "Shut Your Ear", a mid-tempo number which adopts a sorrowful tone and manages to sound quite similar to Jimmy Eat World. And you have "Suburban Flakes", where the vocals reach their pinnacle with the call-and-response chorus.
The lyrics find Home by Three in an often contemplative mood; that is, when the vocalistís words can be deciphered Ė but hey, theyíre an Italian band, so the diction is an understandable minor quibble. "Saving Clovers" observes how "tomorrow is just like yesterday" over subtle synths and driving drums. Yes, the synths are utilized well for the most part; often understated, but rising to the fore at times with aplomb to add an extra dimension to Home by Threeís sound.
There is a small slump of quality in the middle of this EP. "Get Over This" and "Shut Your Ear" are less memorable and imaginative than the other tracks, but nevertheless do have redeeming features; the formerís brooding stripped-down verses and the latterís chorus that carries the song. But the EP closes with the same intensity with which it opened. "Mating Calls" proceeds in the same vein of alternative rock that the preceding 5 tracks established, and does so in a well-structured manner. The verse starts relatively quietly, and then builds sonically and emotionally before the infectious chorus hits.
This is indeed a promising release, with songs full of genuine sentiment and refreshing instrumentation that deserve to be better known. The sometimes weaker lyrics are forgivable when delivered in such a warm and nostalgic pop-rock style. It will be interesting to see if Home by Three can build on this potential in the coming months and years. Bet you that they can.
2. Saving Clovers
3. Get Over This
4. Shut Your Ear
5. Suburban Flakes
6. Mating Calls