The Appreciation Post – Brighter Sides EP
Record Label: Unsigned
Release Date: February 23rd, 2007
No front here – I can’t play music. I listen to lots of it, I write about a slew of albums on a monthly basis, but if you sit me in front of an instrumental contraption, I fall flat to the creative monsters of little fingers and a pesky impatience. Throwing together all the elements – the riffs, the sequences, the melodies and chord progressions – must not be any strolling feat. So when I hear a band that makes it all sounds so easy, so cohesive it’s practically grown from the earth, I take notice. Hence The Appreciation Post, a rock-heavy indie pop Boston quintet with a sarcastic peel, punchy guitars, a Moog synthesizer.
The Brighter Sides EP runs through a quick five tracks. “Don’t Give Up” leads with a hearty, fuzzy guitar packed with distortion. Guitarist Brad Herrick (with the help of singer/guitarist Jim Keaney) whirls through the dressing room with a new chord progression for every hot second, and there is no excuse for boredom. With the production of Mike Poorman from Hot Rod Circuit, the guitars are circulating in a tight full-bodied lust. The Moog is an integral component and endows a beefy, analog electronic bite into every track. Never too sweet but still entirely catchy, The Appreciation Post reminds me of a humble Weezer charm. Interesting, simple and still surprisingly bouncy, and it’s delightfully clear on the gang of Heys! on “I’m No Sure Thing” that I may as well give it up to The Appreciation Post. Seriously guys, this stuff is highly transmittable.
With his breathy voice magnified, Keaney channels a Rivers Cuomo flow. And similar to Cuomo (and the more contemporary Anthony Raneri), Keaney’s empowering pessimism and sarcasm (see “Staying In’s Alright”) provides a deeper level of connection than flowers and such, lyrically and vocally. Paired with the nearly danceable Moog and our whiplashed, gnarly riffs, Brighter Sides is a top-notch introduction to The Appreciation Post. If I have any reservations at all, it’s that these five songs are (and sometimes uncomfortably) jammed packed at a faster pace; one song barely catches its breath before the other one grabs the relay stick. But instead of turning me off, I am just more interested to hear which path TAP would take with a full-length. If Brighter Sides is any indication of what this band will take, then we’ve got brighter sides to which we can look forward.