Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Beware of Alligators

When you think about Kitsap County and “the other side of Puget Sound,” not much comes to mind but small towns and the naval shipyard. But that's where Alligators come from. These five gentlemen have already hit it big in a sense just because of their name. Alligators (the animals), are large reptiles that have a peculiar mystique surrounding their existence and without being reptiles, the band are hoping that mystique follows them.

Taking influence from many of the greats and hints of Radiohead, The Beach Boys, and The Zombies can be heard in their songs. While they don’t stick with one narrow style of music, their sound can be described as very creative, high-energy, precise pop laced with beautiful harmonies and clever arrangements. Each element of the band is interesting; from the tight pulses that the bass and drums provide, to the guitar-synthesizer relationship during the always-stylish vocal melodies. In other words, while there are hints of Radiohead's prog leanings, The Beach Boys multipart harmonies and the Zombies 60's groove, the song ends up sounding like a long lost Phoenix track. Is that a good thing? What do you think?

Download: Where Does It Hide

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