Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Reese-Under The Carpet


Reese, which was formed in 2006 in Vicenza (northeastern Italy) and has thus far released 3 EPs (this being the third of three with the other two being 2008's "Just Human Words" and 2012's "View From The Tree"), is a five-piece band who play "energetic, modern and melodic alternative rock, with some progressive influences". Or at least that's the way it's supposed to go. On paper the band, which lists it's (wide-range) of influences as being Soundgarden, Faith No More, Rush, Porcupine Tree, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Yes, Foo Fighters, Alter Bridge, Bad Religion, Incubus, Tool, Queen and King Crimson, sounds promising enough. Lead by vocalist/guitarist Carlo Sturati, whose voice seems oddly muffled on this, the band's latest recording, this Italian band (and this 3-track EP) peaked my interest ahead of time with the promise of such a "interesting mix". Unfortunately everything gets lost in translation. As a band Reese (full-line up info below for all who might be interested) makes a (no doubt) heartfelt attempt to plug progressive rock elements into (what could best be described as) mediocre 90's alternative rock. The problem is that it doesn't come across as being a smooth combination. Far from it in fact. It's more like these guys try to cram one element into the other and/or just randomly switch back and forth. You can imagine what happens next. Everything just sounds jumbled and confusing as if Reese had some solid enough ideas but just didn't know how to execute them. As this is already the group's 3rd EP that doesn't bold well for their natural evolution. Seeing as I can't predict the future though (if I could there would be that whole me winning the lottery over and over again scenario!) there is always that slim possible that Reese might figured it out in the end. For now though this sure seems to be one band that has bitten off more then they can chew. 

The line-up of Reese as posted on their Facebook page:

CARLO STURATI - vocals/guitar
ETTORE DULIMAN - keyboards


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