Speakerfire -Audio Alchemy Review
For Buffalo quartet, Speakerfire, 2006 has been a very good year. A record deal with upstart label Piermont Records, a tour of clubs across America and one of the best modern rock EP's to be released in quite sometime have all combined forces to bring Speakerfire to the masses. "Audio Alchemy" the band's debut EP pushes the envelope of modern rock from a tired, old genre into another realm. Both literally and figuratively.
"Synthetic Shepherd", the album's second track, is bursting at the seams with iconic guitar riffing, bathing in a sea of layered synth. It's psychedelic rock feel proves that in a world over crowded with disingenuous pop stars there is still room for a shred of originality. "Diss-Ev-Olving", a nice mid-tempo number, oozes with starry eyed instrumentals hinting at a futuristic atmosphere that all, but pulls the listener through the speakers by the first chorus. The irony of the track's title is almost unbearable as we listen to the band evolve from minor independent act to Gods of the well-crafted rock song.
The one downfall comes in the form of two very short interludes. The tracks, "The Confort of Ignorance" and "Yields the Unthinkable" both run at under a minute in length, but feel more like filler than essential album tracks. In an album filled with bright spots, though, two tracks that run at a combined length of less than a minute and a half are easily forgivable.
At its heart, Audio Alchemy remains true to its intentions. A perfect mixture of sounds that, when combined equal a sum far greater than that of their individual parts. "Lupercalia", the albums second to last track hints subtley at the inevitable. "Some would say that the end is not that far away". How unfortunately true it is.
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