by Eric Feuer, SUNY Cortland

Posted in on Thursday, Dec 11

People always say, “Man, that band has an original sound”. Well, with Play>, original sound is exactly what you get. Listening to their album while I was surfing the web, I was intrigued by what I heard. Lead singer Tris Lass’ voice is similar to Robert Smith of The Cure. At first I wasn’t too sure how his voice would blend with the bands playing, but after listening to the album a few times, I changed my mind.

Play> certainly has a sound that is all their own, and some of their songs are put together in ways I didn’t necessarily agree with. None the less, the band makes it work, and each song flows well. One of their songs, "Life X," has a seventies New York CBGB punk scene feel to it. It has hard guitar riffs, with distorted vocals and a steady drum beat. On the flip side, there are songs like "Moment," which is an acoustic piece. Most of the bands songs have a “harder” feel to them, such as Entropy which seems to step back in time to the heyday of punk.

Some other tracks, like "Conflicted" and "Your Lie" have are less rock, and almost feel a little country. The pace is slower, and the heavy riffs have taken a back seat . Play> tries a lot of different things on this album, with some working out better then others. Over all this album is a change of pace and refreshing to hear. Play> might not win a Grammy with this album, or go double platinum, but they are on the right track. But that’s my opinion, and you should definitely give this album a listen and form your own.

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