Wino Innocent Bystander
By Marcus Pan
Michael Connolly on drums, Chris Farrell on
guitar and singing, Anthony Gurner on bass and Nick James also on guitar and
singing. Thats UKs new rock/punk band Wino. A three track demo
arrives from them recently and Im digging it. Like a cross between Clash
level punk and alterna-rock ala Smashing Pumpkins, Wino are simple but
effective in their music.
Not Caring is Not the Answer opens our demo with
standard fare guitar work, bass and drums and male whiny vocals that are really
one of the better examples out there. Ive heard a lot of this style, and
its pretty good. The band is new, so Ill let them practice a bit to
link up and tighten up, but they are certainly on the right track and seem to
have the skills it takes to keep it up and do well with it.
The main problem, I think, that Wino is going to have is
song length. At over four minutes per track its going to be tough to hold
audience attention for that long with each track the Ramones were lucky
to do more than a 20 minute set in their entire careers yet still played ten
songs during it as an example. Not Caring is Not the Answer throws in a
bass solo breakdown thing that is, if a little boring, an attempt to hold your
attention for the 4+ minutes the track runs.
The Lights are a nice ballad tune, but as you near 3
minutes you might start looking for something else to do, as well played as it
is notwithstanding. Open Wound Sunday is nearly 4 ½ minutes
lengthwise and closes our taste of Wino on this demo. Also ballad like in
make-up, it has the same attention-deficit troubles as the others.
Wino will have to cut their hooks short a bit I think.
Theyre playing is fine, their capabilities and songwriting is excellent.
But they noodle a bit too much maybe and push their song times over the edge.
Im digging each track for the first 3 minutes, but then my mind
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