New York’s own El Silver Cabs put out a self-titled radio-rock smash, spanning just about the entirety of the modern genre. Combining elements of alternative, indie, grunge, classic southern, this King Pizza Records debut has more types of rock than a geologist. Between the powerful vocals and excellent musicianship, Jake Backer (bass and vocals), Zack Garnett (guitar and vocals), Mike Turnwall (guitar), and Michael Seidenfeld (drums) have created an album that is many things, first and foremost being an absolute joy of a listen.
First off is “Figurines,” a song reminiscent of early 2000s alternative, but with late 60s sensibilities. It’s upbeat and danceable, but still rocking and rolling. Off the bat, you can tell this band would be right at home opening for The Strokes or The Rolling Stones and either way, the audience would be grooving along. They slow things up just a bit for the melancholy, but still poppy “Shrink”. This track is an honest and introspective look at therapy, featuring some interesting guitar work. For their third track, El Silver Cabs take things in a whole new direction with “Bloom.” This song has an almost ambient nu-metal feel, akin to something by Incubus. It’s slow and flows right long, with sporadic grungy bursts and a killer sing-a-long chorus. Next up is the vocally driven “Treading Water.” This one’s an indie rock instant-classic and (stop me if this doesn’t make any sense, but) sounds like a collaboration between Nirvana and Built To Spill. By the fifth track, things have really gone off the rails because “Wouldn’t You Rather” is a country-inspired indie tune that’s slow like a southern drawl with triple the twang. It also features vocalist Megan Mancini (of The Rizzos) for some pretty sweet harmonies. Things turn completely back around with “Gun”- a southern rock inspired anthem brimming with attitude. This jam’s got some absolutely ridiculous guitar and guest musician Jon Backer tearing it apart on the organ. This one’s hard, poppy, and a bit trippy, all at the same time and is definitely my favorite track on a really solid album. Next is “Pretty Lady,” and it’s pretty much an awesome Weezer song on just the right amount of acid. It’s slow and emotional, but ripe with pop-punk style guitar licks and culminates with a beautifully insane breakdown. Finally, there’s “Weekend,” an acoustic love song with some undeniably sweet sentiment. It’s slow and soulful and serves a fitting end to a record that, if anything, definitely covers a lot of ground.
Now I know this is only their debut, but I can’t really see any sort of future where El Silver Cabs isn’t ripping through the airwaves. They’re definitely a talented group with everything you could want from a rock band. Throughout their self-titled release, El Silver Cabs are able to maintain their specific sound during this genre-bending spectacular, to say the least – with each song different from the next, each a possible single, and each undoubtedly El Silver Cabs. If you consider yourself a fan of rock music – doesn’t matter what kind of rock music – literally any kind of rock music – listen to this album and remember the name “El Silver Cabs,” because I feel like you’ll be hearing a lot more of it.
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