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As A People Review

by billy gamble

The band As A People are a interesting mix of jam band, experimental rock n' roll, and all around humorous studio effect musicians. There demo is both manic and calming. From San Francisco, California As A People have done work with Wes Borland (guitarist for Limp Bizkit/Big Dumb Face), and the influence is obvious when it comes to the studio add ins and goodies.

The first track on the demo, "Barch P. Killface", starts with a high pitched southern rockabilly vocals which are somewhere between a rant and a howl. It's set at a simple and high tempo drum beat, by drummer Tim Way, to become a relaxed jammy chord progression with background studio effects that become morbid yet humorous to go back into the rockabilly. The bipolar panic to relaxed sound is unfortunately your standard rock set up (verse, chorus, verse, chorus, outro).

The last 2 tracks on the demo focus more on the relaxed type sound heard on and off in "Barch P. Killface". The song "Miss Torso" resembles Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit" with a male vocalist, Adam Yas, who uses more vibratos and isn't as potent on the mix. On "Viktor" Yas and new guitarist Nathan Link decide to explore more technique by playing a distorted delay solo behind the simple chords. Eventually Yas' vocal style shifts to a lower pitched Mars Volta but with less power. The bass is probably the most technical part of the song performed by Nigel Sussman. It maintains the signature rockabilly sound but combines it with a fast Pink Floyd.

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