Phlying Saucer – Runaway (the EP)
I know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but I haven’t heard anything about judging a cd by its cover. Runaway, the EP by Phlying Saucer has this lime-green backdrop on the jacket with a drawing of what I’m assuming to be one of the band members in an astronaut suit that can also pass for something you need to wear for deep sea-diving. Very cool. It immediately raised my expectations.
It opens with “Grow on You”. This is straightforward rock music. Heavy guitars, heavy drums—though the melody is pretty light. The vocals are nice and smooth as well. All the sounds blend together for a very even mix. Though, I found the song itself was a little boring. The following track is “Blame Me”—a much catchier tune. I love a nice melody during the verses, and not just saving it for the hook.
“Two Steps” is the most musically interesting track on here. The driving bass rhythm has this dark and kick-ass vibe to it. And by the time the chorus arrives, the drums start crashing and pounding in your face.
You can hear both Rock and Punk influences in nearly every track. They have what I call a good “live” sound. In other words, I can imagine them being able to really tear the roof off at a concert or show. It’s a solid EP. The music is commercially marketable. I don’t feel any risks were taken. This isn’t always a bad thing, but they play it too safe for my taste.
Stylistically, I feel they can go deeper with their sound. Maybe lean a tad bit more towards the Punk genre, for example. Overall, Phlying Saucer is a good band with the potential of being great. They haven’t quite tapped into that “great” realm yet, but the talent, in every department, is there—to be shaped, molded and polished to perfection. I’d keep a strong lookout for these guys.