ETHANOL 58: Ethanol 58 EP
By Alistar Wickens
After reading Ethanol 58ís bio and checking out the CD packaging I was expecting just another local hardcore band; they seem to be popping up everywhere these days. I was happily blown away by what I heard when I pressed Ďplayí on this little gem. Instead of generic hardcore and screamy vocals, my ears were treated to four tracks of melodic goodness. Sure thereís semi-hardcore riffs in there, but it tends to swing between shredding metal licks and ballad-type material, and they do it all so well. The vocals had me thinking of Incubus, back when they were good, but that doesnít quite do it justice; singer Chris has a distinctive and strong voice that really suits the music heís singing over. In some ways itís not a surprise that these guys play so tightly together and write good songs Ė they all met, and formed the band at music school. But not everyone who goes through music school manages to achieve what these guys have. My only complaint is that four songs wasnít nearly enough.