Stop the presses! This AM Static has a musical brightness that you will want to keep your eyes on and ears toward in the near future. I feel This AM Static is ready for the next step on the ladder of musical advancement. This quintet from Rochester, New York, impressed me so much with the first track, “Void” off their E.P. entitled “Touch N’ Go’ that I feel they are worthy of whatever big break may come their way. “Void” is so commercially appealing with its bitter sweetness in melody and catchy, pleading lyrics; it could play in heavy rotation on radio stations across the country. As lead singer/sequencer and keyboard player Jordan Bork pleas, “Will you give this chance to us? It might as well be now?” On “Void“, in the context of a love gone vacant. I could not agree with him more, in term’s of listening to what this independent pop rock band has to present. Masterful mixing and mastering by Matt Klock throughout blends the whirlwind pop rock guitars of Adam Brooks and James Moore, whom also plays the Glockenspiel, with a steadily addictive back beat by Jon Waxmonsky on drums (sampler) and the jazzy fused bass guitar of Dave Smith. If This AM Static sounds familiar, it more than likely is not because you have heard of them before but rather because they not only intermingle as a group magically but also integrate their mad array of influences tastefully into This AM Static’s welcoming sound. These influences as named on the band’s MySpace page at: www.myspace.com/thisamstatic , include such a diverse range as Radiohead, Fall Out Boy, Shiny Toy Guns, Keane, Mindless Self Indulgence, Death Cab For Cutie, Mr. Bungle, Hawthorne Heights, life, lack of sleep and of course; people. I can hardly wait to hear what This AM Static has to offer their listening audience with a full L.P. of gripping sound. This band on the rise reflects a promising future sound with this three song E.P.; entitled “Touch N’ Go” (also including “Toyboat” and “Selfish Gift”) beyond what many larger corporate budget backed bands in today’s market have to offer in terms of commercial appeal and musical grandeur. This colorful and attention deserving band creates music that sounds as if it has written itself.
Since this review, James Moore and Jon Waxmonsky have left to pursue their careers. We wish them nothing butlove and the best of luck.