Greedy Eyes from California bring punk and rock elements together on 'Poetic Poverty'. The album opens up with an intro track, which starts off by sounding fairly promising with interesting guitar riffs and drumming. This is fairly short-lived however, as the tracks soon show themselves to be fairly bland. Sections drop in almost at random, such as a harmonica solo at one point during the opening track 'Signs For Protest', which just started to seem pretty odd.
Some bits of these tracks have lots of energy, but the weak and unbalanced vocals just ruined them. Each one feels in a no mans land between rock, post-rock and punk rock, but I couldn't work out where it was trying to fall. Sometimes this mix can really work, but I don’t think it has here.
This EP has elements that could be awesome, but they aren't executed properly. Some old school punk vibes come through at one point, seeming disjointed with the overall structure.
'Negativity' has a nice simple intro, but it's nothing people won't have heard before. Even got the customary guitar solo, which seems to come out of nowhere, and certainly won't be anything that is going to blow you away.
To round it all off, they've even thrown in a cover of 'Sweater Song' by Weezer. Not being a track I was too familiar, I decided to give it a listen for myself before making any judgements. Although its got some catchy lyrics, and is very true to the original, with the chatter over the introduction, there are a few bum notes on this version, which started to grate on me.
Overall, this one wasn't for me, and it was mainly the vocals that let the tracks down the most.
'Poetic Poverty' by Greedy Eyes is available now on Disconnect Disconnect Records.
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