Colton Band - Drive
By Justin McConkey
The Graham Colton Band are an interesting
band to be sure. They arenít particularly groundbreaking but they do have
a charm that is rarely found in music today. From the opening chords of
ďDonít Give Up On MeĒ itís clear these guys know how to write a hook. References
to bands such as The Wallflowers and later years Goo Goo Dolls as well
as older bands such as the Gin Blossoms or 54-40 will definitely be forthcoming
for GCB and I think that definitely makes sense based on the music alone,
but the one thing GCB really lacks is a top notch vocalist. There are moments
when Grahamís vocals actually do fit perfectly but for the most part they
seem extremely out of place on a pop/rock effort such as Drive is.
The lyrics are solid, well written pieces
dealing with the trials and tribulations of life and love. Common themes
for a pop/rock artist, but Graham seems to find interesting ways of saying
the same old thing. ďAnd you, gotta meet everyone before it's all over.
Why? Youíre gonna be here next weekend.Ē (Cigarette) They certainly are
not going to mistaken for brilliant poetry, but Graham does have a quirky
sense of humor and a social consciousness that seems to be lacking in music
Music and the arts are supposed to be the
great equalizer in life. The one place where people can speak their mind
about important issues whether positive or negative. Unfortunately it seems
few bands are actually attempting to say anything of value these days,
save Pearl Jam, but letís face it, itís been a while since Pearl Jam really
had the ear of a nation listening to them, so itís nice to see a young
band with a bright future musically take a chance at writing some material
that people of this generation might actually connect with.
Overall I think itís a solid disc, itís
got some interesting guitar work (even a few solos) and some very nice
hooks. The lyrics are generally interesting throughout the entire set.
The vocals often time are a little annoying, but generally Graham does
manage to make the choruses work. Itís a nice ride, itís not going to be
a classic of the genre like New Miserable Experience but itís a nice step
in the evolution of this band. Letís just hope for more in the future.
Colton Band - Drive
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