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Author's Rating
Vocals 8
Musicianship 8.75
Lyrics 8
Production 9
Creativity 8.5
Lasting Value 8.5
Reviewer Tilt 8.25
Final Verdict: 84%
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Vary Lumar - Waiting Room

Reviewed by: Susan Frances (03/13/08)
Vary Lumar - Waiting Room
Record Label: Swoom Records
Release Date: March 2008

Rock quartet Vary Lumar of Boston, Massachusetts straddle the line between ‘80s new wave and modern rock. Band members Paul de Pasquale (vocals/guitar), Rob Laff (bass), Rob Fusco (drums), and Ben Case (guitar) like their rock music caffeinated giving audiences a real buzz. Their latest release on Swoom Records, Waiting Room, shows influences of punk-rock, hypnotic new wave, modern rock, and a cap full of funk-influenced pop. The band’s melodic pop sensibilities can be liken to Nada Surf, Zox, and She Wants Revenge with warm guitar tones sprinkled about and vocals that clutch the melodic curves.

The band starts the show off with the driving drumbeats of “Next Step” segueing into a melodic rock batter reflective of She Wants Revenge. The hypnotic feel of Pasquale’s vocals is reminiscent of Jonezetta lead vocalist Robert Chisholm as the music delivers a new wave vibe in its sonic swishes and kneading drumbeats. The layering of guitar parts increases the density and ruffling activity of the musical dialogue. The exotic tones embedded in the melodic progressions of “Nothing Left” have ambient pop textures liken to West Indian Girl providing a spiritual lift in the music. The dance punk tempo and melodic rock timbres of “Inside Greenwich Palace” carve out voluminous flourishes evened out by sparse movements. The tranquilly prancing piano keys and languid rhythmic motions of “Cosmopolitic” produce ambient pop mists with a lightly funky dance canter.

The spiking guitar chords of “Suckerpunch” create skyscraping heights and beefy punk rock tones with swift drum kicks and chunky bass knolls as the lyrics profess, “Believe in what you’re saying / Yeah, they’ll think you’re crazy / I hope we all get along / So don’t you push on me.” The lyrics profess and reflect about life as Vary Lumar’s melodies form intervals of highs and lows that produce lofty flusters and languid rolling troughs. The soft pop ripples of “Great Change” and “Grape II” produce subtle rises as the gentle cello reels thicken the melodic versing. The clinching hard rock movements of “Thoroughfare” are strong while the tender soft pop shutters of the title track and “Lost Parade” produce lush astral landscapes. The roving phat bass beats of “Bookcover” are caramelized into the curvaceous guitar chords making a very tight unit.

Vary Lumar play like seasoned professionals. Waiting Room is the band’s second recording following their debut EP The Cold Heart Bru Hah Hah in 2006. The music of Waiting Room is spiritually healing as well as dynamically strong. The band members engage in artistic endeavors when they aren’t working on their music. They don’t live life on the fast track; they live it embracing their inner creativity.

Recommended if You LikeShe Wants Revenge, Zox, West Indian Girl

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