It is hotter than hot out today. I was honestly going to spend my evening and night at the pool but it’s just too downright hot to even make the trek over so, instead, let’s check out some new music starting with Homeless Radio’s new EP, ‘The Truth’.
“Protect Us From The Truth” wastes no time jumping into Homeless Radio’s sound. It’s soft and sweet while not lacking a sense of energy. A driving drum beat catapults this open track ahead while the soft and sweet vocals seem to takeover like the softest blanket you’ve ever heard. There’s emotion dripping from every word but it’s not a heavy opening track. It truly just grabs you by the heart and pulls you into the world that is Homeless Radio in the most perfect way.
The second track on this quick EP is “I Don’t Care”. This track comes with a bit more of an edge to it which just expands on Homeless Radio’s distinct sound. Fuzzy guitars kick off this song before changing into your more standard alt-rock chords which, at times, seemed to overpower the vocals but, as soon as the chorus hit, the balance was perfect and the vocals were given a chance to shine. This track feels much more grungy than the first one but there’s still an undeniable sense of tenderness with the vocals.
The longest track on this EP is “Somebody’s Ok, Somebody’s Not” which is a track that will instantly tug at your heartstrings. Although I found the most emotion to come through with the vocals in the previous tracks, this track has the instrumentation taking over as far as the emotion goes. Don’t get me wrong, there’s still emotion in the vocals but the instrumentation just seems a bit more emotive and more prominent throughout this song. Slow and steady is the name of the game in this track which makes it feel a bit lengthier than it actually is but the dynamic nature of the song keeps it from feeling long-winded.
“Ship-Song” closes out the EP with an almost 90’s playfulness that I instantly fell in love with. Homeless Radio definitely saved the best for last as this was my favorite track on the quick release. There’s just something a bit poppier and cleaner about this track than the more grunge-based songs that preceded it. Elements throughout this song had me reminiscing on the great bands of the ’90s like Third Eye Blind. There’s just something very nostalgic and summery about this track while not being super serious or anything. Really, this is a perfectly understatement anthemic jam that I will surely be going back to multiple times in the future.
I feel like there are moments throughout ‘The Truth’ that could be a bit more polished but I feel like the grittiness of the recording and some of the vocals adds an element that truly makes Homeless Radio’s sound their own.
My Favorite Track(s): “Ship-Song”
For Fans Of: Gritty and Grungey Garage Rock; Emotion but not Sadness
Mosh-ability: 6 out of 10
What My Cats Thought Of It: Both cats slept upstairs
How Badly I Want To See This Performed Live: 7 out of 10
My Overall Rating: 6 out of 10
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