St. Louis quartet Comfortable Disaster points an essential warning on “Discard,” the fourth of 5 tracks from its September EP “I’ll Stop Now.”
“It’s not the ’90s anymore / So snuff your cigarette / And shut the door,” singer-guitarist Reshad Staitieh gives in a darkish however realizing melodic tone.
Within the moments earlier than, past and round that line, the band bears resemblance to a sure coterie of ’90s acts; Staitieh’s baritone vocals — typically straddling a line between singing and talking, sympathy and sneer — and the band’s guitar-driven orientation recall the likes of Toadies, Native H and the very best of Higher Than Ezra.
However Staitieh and the remainder of Comfortable Disaster — John Hardecke (drums), Garth Jenkins (bass), Okay. Erik Seaver (guitar) — additionally floor their songs within the current tense, responding to this second, then the following; to, nicely, the comfortable crises any given day presents.
Native audiences can hear Comfortable Disaster play in its time Saturday night time when the band visits Rose Music Hall.
“Shelter” kicks off the set, all detuned guitars and drum rolls; the observe grows because it goes, turning into a gliding, breathable type of indie rock. One of many EP’s highlights, “Erode,” follows — right here the band bends its melodic moodiness right into a dynamic refrain. Staitieh sings his method via and into a sure form of noise:
“It’s not proper the way you spoke it in code / Whenever you knew you knew I used to be out within the street / Working round, looking by sound / In search of fact on this puddle I discovered.”
“Bind” is instantly brighter and buzzier, the band’s guitars peeking out and pushing again towards the refrain melody to a surprisingly charming impact. “Discard” looks like one other signature music early within the band’s life span, Seaver and Staitieh’s layered guitars taking part in nicely collectively — and off the construct initiated by Hardecke and Jenkins within the rhythm part.
The EP begins to finish with rolling squalls of guitar and drum noise within the early measures of “Punch.” The observe ultimately evens, discovering — as these songs persistently do — one thing to love in regards to the shadows, whereas rising towards sources of musical mild.
Columbia’s Penny Marvel shares the weekend invoice. A undertaking from certainly one of Columbia’s go-to producers and engineers, Wil Reeves, the band folds in gamers from round Columbia to understand Reeves’ considerate but lush people, rock and pop visions.
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