Released around a year ago and sent in for submission recently, Bad Reed’s self-titled EP is filled with potential and intrigue. One of the most unique things about the self-titled EP is that there’s no song that sounds alike. While guitars and vocals are the driving instruments on the EP, the composition and melodies are crafted differently each time. If it weren’t for the distinctive vocals from Sydney Sollazzo, you wouldn’t think that these three songs were put forth by the same band. But they were, and they merge together to create the Bad Reed EP available today.
Each song has a different melody and composition, connected by the instrumentals. The leading track, “Punch It,” has a slightly more aggressive, more prog-rock vibe that has all the potential for the listener to get lost in. Think of early Muse or maybe even Pink Floyd, or any similar artist that uses special effects and guitars to try and blow your mind into a trance state. That’s what that’s like.
But that flows right into “Slackjaw Romance,” which is a slower, folk-rock acoustic jam that tries to sweep you up in its melody. It’s hard to find the specific artists where Bad Reed might have drawn inspiration, because they merge their influences into something new. It’s similar to The Band Perry meets Jason Mraz. The last song, “Cassava,” is like a mesh of the previous songs, bringing the Bad Reed EP full circle, with new instruments joined in to give it a grandiose feel.
Even with minor similarities, each song sounds totally separate, joint together by the guitars and vocals to create a flow. Well, maybe not a flow, but a nice trickle. It’s just a start. That’s the flaw in this EP. Despite how charming the three songs on the Bad Reed EP are, they’re not enough to lose yourself in. Listening to a new artist is like going out with a new person. You need a lot more than just fifteen minutes to see if you want to pursue anything with them. That’s where the Bad Reed EP fails exceptionally. Unless they completely you blow you away in those fifteen minutes, you’re not really likely to remember them after you part ways. From these first three songs, Bad Reed seems like a talented band, loaded with potential. However, unless there’s an immediate connection, you’re not going to remember them.