Claymore Disco - Claymore Disco EP
Record Label - Unsigned
Release Date: June 20, 2011
If you're looking for delectable dance-pop goodness, look no further than up-and-comers Claymore Disco. As a band who has only been around for a half of a year, they have made great strides in their local scene. They released their debut EP in June 2011, and have received immediate positive response at their live shows.
The band's strength is their ability to emulate bands like Two Door Cinema Club and Phoenix. Because of this fact, they are able to perform covers of both bands quite easily. Bassist Ethan Mills crafts bass lines that sizzle like a juicy steak dinner, keyboardist Garret Myers skillfully slides up and down his synth, and guitarist Bart Williams is able to pace the band by playing simply and not overblowing the song. Drummer Isaac Greshem also utilizes straight-up philosophy that serves the songs better.
The opening track, "How We Dance" is a repetitive anthem sure to be stuck in your head. This song remains the crux of the band, as it should be. Myers shouts, "The future has control of you, try and let it go, cuz this is how we dance." Dance until you die. 'Nuff said.
Another somewhat apprehensive but resolute track, "Fire Lit Faces" ponders the triviality of life, and how we have to deal with an ever-darkening world. In the same vein, "Red Dress" stands out on the EP. It serves an encouraging anthem with a lovable hook: "Put on your red dress, don't forget this life is not over yet." The band executes another slightly predictable but enjoyable cut-time jam during the bridge, sure to keep audiences engaged.
The catchiness ante is upped significantly on track five, titled "Drifting." This song will have you swearing that it's a Two-Door Cinema Club B-side. The band's positive message beams through, providing an alternative to fans who are disgruntled by an over-sexed genre. We are reminded to take chances on our fears and dreams, though the future can be unforgiving.
As a closing track , "!Bailamos!" functions nearly as a reprise to "How We Dance" and ends up feeling dry. The verse includes repetitive lyrics which prove over-indulgent, even for the genre. Though the primary audience of Claymore Disco's tunes are teens who want nothing more than to "get jiggy with it," many lyrics may begin to bore the listener. "!Bailamos!" also exposes the band's need for vocal improvement. The lead duties are split between the keyboardist Myers and drummer Greshem. While the often-utilized layered-vocal sound can work in some contexts, the band is unable to pull if off quite to satisfaction on their EP.
All in all, Claymore Disco will be able to take the next step forward once they are able to find a legitimate vocalist. In the meantime, there is no question about their ability to perform and write songs with an irresistible punch. If you like to "get jiggy" by jamming to some clean-cut and good-natured dance-pop, this band is for you.
These guys opened for my band in Colorado Springs over the summer. They are very nice guys and they are definitely one of the better local bands we have played with. I hope to have more shows with them in the future because they are definitely a good band.