By Marcus Pan
Im impressed right off the bat by Jeds wonderful press
kit; bound stiff pages with a nicely written biography, photos, newspaper
articles and other stuff. Someone put a lot of time into this, I hope they did
the same with the music Im about to play. The bands been active for
about a decade now, swinging about the wsest coast. Synesthesia was
released on April 1, 2006 and landed on my desk just a short time later for my
perusal. The press kit looks something like a scrapbook I approve and
enjoy, it wasnt a chore to read.
I find myself interested from the start with
Madmartigan on track 1 a Disturbed kind of sound with well done
movements, building introduction and blistering high-pitch guitar. Vocals are
slow and strong, yet retain a choirboy appeal that challenges nicely against
the heavier backgrounds. Ten years of playing have certainly given Jed a strong
base from which to build, with Synesthesia being their sixth release
I wanted to take a moment to mention how much I like
well-written humorous press kits. You know a band is going to be a bunch of
cool people to hang out with when they come right out and say that their first
release is lost to time and not to be considered for re-release unless to
induce vomiting. If I was as smart as them you wouldnt be able to
see the pile of paper poop that is Legends #1 at our website
but alas, Im much dumber than Jed.
Ode to the Yeomann uses metalriffic
guitar movements with heavy-handed drum slams to keep it in check. The group,
by the way, is made up of Mike Carr (guitar), Chad Kunesh (guitar), Mike
Peterson (drums), Mike Henninger (bass) and Erik Heimann (vocals). Has a
definite Seattle-grunge feel Soundgarden influence perhaps.
Petersons drums on Nothing and Nympho are wonderful, with a
tribal beat combined with a metal style. Heavy riff guitar and rhythm slams
give you a modern nu-metal sound with none of the trappings of corporate
pressure. Metragnomes is a good name for a song, and here we have some
rhythmic guitar playing and some higher-pitched squeals that break into a slam
fest of heavy drum beats and nice lyrical rhythm. Very chunky and filling.
I dug Jed a lot. Its got the heavy nu-metal slams I
like and its got the hard edged basement mixing I also dig. The band
sounds tight and dead on, with head slamming rhythms and beats. A brilliant
press kit shows us the past history of a decade-long history of stage stomping.
Synesthesia is worth picking up for any fan of alterna-Korn,
nu-Disturbed or grunge-Garden. Chunky and hot like a hearty chili cook off.
Phone: (360) 752-9829
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