Sons Of Nothing – One Left Turn
by Dustin \m/
On tap we have a local treat, the band Sons of Nothing, which is the all-original alter ego to their Pink Floyd Tribute project. The band has been in the local circuit for some time, and many of the band members have paid their dues in some of the early local rock/metal acts of years past. Sons of Nothing probably don’t qualify much for metal at all, but they do deliver a fairly tasty morsel of original rock on their sophomore outing.
The production is a bit thin, but is otherwise pretty solid and clean; allowing the listener to hear all that is going on in the music. The tones Tim Hollinger delivers are classic rock oriented, with a slight Gilmore/Lifeson feel to his playing. Thom Bowers heads up the backbone on bass, keeping things tight and in check, with Matt Meldrum supporting on keyboards and Guitar as well, overlaying the keyboards in a very retro 70’s fashion. Also appearing on the recording are Daryn Campbell on Drums, who’s timing and articulation is brilliant, and some female backing vocals performed by Juli Mueller, which adds a slight ‘soul singer’ sound to some of the tracks. The variations in the songs are quite interesting, as the band bounces around quite a bit, giving each song an identity of their own.
The songwriting here definitely raises the bar for local rock, but it’s funny what influences pop-out on each track, some I’m sure that the band probably hasn’t heard of., or maybe they have. The opening track Do Me has a strong Steve Hogarth-era Marillion sound to it, and is a great up-beat tune, with some rather strange lyrics. Better Than Life is one of the real stand out tracks for me, showcasing that infamous Neo-progressive rock sound that many Utah bands tend to gravitate to, without consciously knowing it. In fact, to really make things interesting, Thom’s vocals almost sound uncanny to Snake on Voivod’s underrated Angle Rat album – very interesting combination there. It has a great vibe, and blends a good 80’s-era Rush style and a little bit of Enchant as well. Esperanto is a funny, and up beat song that has that Spin Doctors feel to it, and is probably a smash hit in the clubs – but this one is a bit outside of my personal taste, and seems a bit campy. But, it is still a solid tune. Then there is the absolute best songs ever from any local band I have ever heard, the song Stolen – damn, I wish they had more songs like this, the emotion, feel and energy here is absolutely perfect. I love the drums, the vocals – everything! It’s like Voivod and Dead Soul Tribe’s tour busses crashed together and they formed a band with the remaining members. I think more songs with this vibe would be their forte’ in the future.
Wrapping this up is Misery, another blues-oriented track with soul vocals with that Spin Doctors/Black Crows feel – again, out of my taste range, so when I get to this track, I end up skipping back to Stolen and cranking it up.
To sum this one up, it’s a short and sweet rock album that delivers a good variety of songs and sounds. I would personally like to hear these guys move more in the direction of the Neo-prog style that they’re already dabbling in, and incorporate more of the darker vibe as well. It might not go over well in the clubs with the local rock fans, but it would definitely garner a lot of attention from a few minor labels that cater to the neo-progressive rock genre and generate a larger audience outside of Utah and the U.S. for them in the long run concerning their original material.