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
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
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
their web site for band info, tour dates, and MP3's