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Eric Charles Band - 'Can You Feel It?'

posted 7 Sep 2015, 09:37 by Paul Woodward

(Independent)

Review by Woody

The Eric Charles band hail from Canada and I would describe them as pop rock with an indie flair. There are quite a few influences and sounds on display through out the album but there is a strong sense of American style pop rock along the lines of most noticeably the Gin Blossoms and occasionally elements of the Counting Crows. But these guys don’t blend in with the American bands fully because there are some really strong British indie style quirks to their song structures and overall sound. It’s noticeable but not over powering as I find the band veer more towards a polished Americanised vibe than the discordant rawness of British Indie, but Charles is without doubt heavily influenced by British music.

It’s also worth noting that Harem Scarem’s Harry Hess has mastered the album and I feel that only heavily emphasises the smoother melodic elements in Charles song writing.

I really like the edge to Charles vocals, slightly gritty and he really puts me in mind of Mike Tramp. There was a couple of songs and I was racking my brain on who he reminded me off and it clicked on a couple of tracks that they reminded me of some of Mike Tramps recent solo output. Musically there is some great melodic guitar hooks ‘I Never Did You Wrong’ in particular got under my skin. There is quite an amalgam of influences as ‘Freak Out’ is borderline straight up melodic rock and also there are some British Indie touches and quirks which seem to make them stand out amongst the crowd.

A stand out track for me is the radio friendly ‘Do It Again’ which has a strong memorable chorus and will definitely get under your skin. This really highlights that when these guys are a good they are very good with catchy melodies and enjoyable feel good tunes. Charles doesn’t seem afraid to mix it up in his song writing even having a rap section on ‘You Read’ which works really well believe it or not!

Eric Charles should appeal to fans of the likes of Counting Crows as there are strong pop elements to their style and although it has those British influences unlike British indie it sticks to having a melodic sheen which far more appeals to my own tastes. It’s an entertaining and enjoyable album, it’s not going to set the world on fire, but if you dig this brand of indie pop rock it’ll definitely get you dancing around your kitchen in your dressing gown on a Sunday morning with a smile on your face!

Track Listing: Can You Feel It / I Never Did You Wrong / The Chameleon / You Read / Do It Again / In For The Ride / Freak Out / Time To Move On / Where Did The Years Go / Small Town / Into You / Come Back To Life

Album Rating: 7/10

Woody’s Essential Track: Do It Again

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