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As Part of our You Can't Kill Rock n Roll series we are bringing you some of our past articles on artists we consider part of the "Best of the New Breed"! So if you missed your chance to discover these artists the first time we wrote about them, here is your second opportunity! 

This feature was originally published on antimusic.com in March 2000 as the underGROUND Artist Showcase a.k.a Movers and Shakers

Epstein's Mother - Alt/pop

This Las Vegas powerhouse have made a name for themselves by putting out smooth alternative-pop music mixed with a funky under current. Those fortunate enough to catch the band playing live have witnessed a pure rock show with lots of energy and music that excites the listener. 

Now Epstein's Mother have decided to complete the package with their long anticipated debut album, "Subtle". The major problem with the bands previous recording was they failed to capture the excitement of Epstein's Mothers live show. In walks Michael Sak, who used his vast pool of knowledge to aid Einstein's Mother in fine tuning their studio sound. The result, the fine polish of their sound is still there, but with a harder edge missing from previous recordings. Mr. Sak used the same magic he conjured up when working with artist like the Goo Goo Dolls to help create one the most  inspired debut albums to hit the streets in years. 

The best way to describe the sound of Epstein's Mother is it's the Why Store meets Matchbox 20 meets Lenny Kravitz. In other words, it is hard to pigeon hole these guys into one mold. Subtle is ambitious in the fact that the songs combine the best elements of several different genre's of music. From the disc opener, Gone, a alt-pop rock anthem to the closing country rocker Bar Room Star, Epstein's Mother is not afraid to cross musical lines that other bands would never dare attempt. 

Ever present in all the songs in the funky under current, led by the groups rhythm section. The vocals take much from the matchbox 20 play book, while the drums, bass and guitar follow the path of Lenny Kravitz styled funk. Not to call the vocal work a rip off of Matchbox 20, The two singers for the band, Shawn Eiferman  and Marty Treider, are much more dynamic vocalist than Rob Thomas. The music is no rip off either, these are exceptional musicians with knack for song writing. 

Subtle carries 13 tracks sure to win over the heart of millions of listeners. "Living in memories" will predictably be a fan favorite. With an intricate bass line, ambient guitars and Marty Treider's Kravitz'esq vocals, this is a sure chart topper. Other possible hits? You have 12 tracks to choose from. 

With the work of Geoff Neuman and his six string bass, Chris Morrison driving the back beat with his drums, Shawn Eiferman's patented pop vocals and acoustic guitar complete with the lead guitars and soulful vocals of  Marty Treider, Epstein's Mother creates an incredible musical experience that leaves the listener hungry for more . Watch for big things from these guys in the future. When our editor, Keavin Wiggins, heard Subtle for the first time, his initial impression .  "Folks, we just heard a multi-platinum album".  All of us here at the underGROUND hope Keavin's prediction holds true, because if any band deserves super-stardom it's Epstein's Mother. 

Want more Epstein's Mother?
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