What a Great Audience - The Performance of a Lifetime
Record Label: None
Release Date: 2007
Some bands have the catchiness to get your attention but then have trouble holding on to it. This is often the case with a band's first release, and nothing different can be said about What a Great Audience. With that said, The Performance of a Lifetime can still be considered a worthwhile release after just their first year of existence since being formed in 2006.
The five songs on this EP can all fit into the same category of rock with a poppy touch, yet this is not necessarily a negative thing. The songs flow together, rolling along with the way of the guitar. I will not lie; the guitar has some catchy riffs that will catch your ear. The drums pound away and go perfectly with the bass lines that flow together smoothly. And yes, this is a pretty good album musically. However, that is not everything there is to music. The vocals may get stuck in your head, but not in a good way. Unfortunately, it seems like the vocalist is trying a little too hard and that turns out whiny. Production wise, Chris Badami excels at getting the bass and drums to move perfectly, however the guitar may have too much static to get fully into the music.
When the CD first starts playing, the music sounds great and you think the band can go places. Ten seconds later, the vocals start and you realize why they have not moved on. With a little more work vocally, their sound could increase dramatically to reach more than just the local crowd. I am interested to hear what they have in their next EP, because it could find its way into my playlist.