The Story Changes/Let Go- Analogies Split EP
Record Label: Future Destination Records
Release Date: Aug. 22, 2009
Let Go is an Arizona rock band that performs witty, endearing rock songs not unlike Jimmy Eat World. Ohio's The Story Changes use passionate vocals and fiery guitars to cook up their version of indie rock.
How is it?
Pretty darn good. On their split EP Analogies, both bands worked with producer Jamie Woolford (Punchline, Gin Blossoms) who served as the mixer for the effort and that simple touch makes the disc sound undeniably cohesive. Whereas most splits allow one band the first half of the disc, and the second band the latter, Analogies uses an alternating sequence and it's actually a solid tactic. As for the music itself. Let Go seems to have the upper hand insofar as music talent. The disc opens with "Move Forward," an urgent, straightforward rock song with sincere vocals, tons of energy and charisma.
"The Great Mistake" is Let Go's chance to take over. Opening with the line "Conversation makes it hard for me to breathe," the song feature a big powderkeg chorus and synths, while rousing along a Foo Fighters-like movement. Third track "New Ground," is a fist-pumping anthem brimming with melody. Fourth track "Smoke and Mirrors" features terrific vocals from Let Go's Jamie Woolford and is an absolutely solid song. "Feel Alive," is another straightforward, hard-charging rocker that gives way to the disc's zenith, "Two Feet on the Faultline," an easy-going, laid-back charmer that has an utterly refreshing toe-tapping, rhythmic bounce. "Constellation," follows and the song allows The Story Changes' Mark McMillon a chance to show his vocal range.
Analogies ends with the Tom Petty cover "You Got Lucky," as performed by Let Go, and the novel cover is probably one of the best versions of the song that's ever been released. Having no prior knowledge of the bands until this listen, it is safe to say that both of these acts are on the verge of something stellar. Each one seems one disc away from bursting onto the Billboard charts. With endorsements from the likes of Nate Russ and Patrick Stump, Let Go may have the ball in their court, but having toured with the likes of Punchline and Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, The Story Changes are no slouch either. Only time will tell. Until then, download these songs.