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Soundbite - 1998 Tearing Away [Demo]

ARTIST: Soundbite
ALBUM: Tearing Away
LABEL: Raingod Records
YEAR: 1998
SPONSOR: Soundbite


LINEUP: Geoff Cawood - vocals, guitars * Keith Westhead - bass * Nick Church - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Morning Sun * 02 All The Same Day * 03 Tear Away * 04 Sometime Now * 05 Closer * 06 Let It Go

Soundbite are a trio out of Edinburgh Scotland. They have been together in two prior incarnations before forming Soundbite. The creative elements of the band are formed around Cawood and Westhead, and their promo 6 track EP/CD called 'Tearing Away' has been released ahead of a national tour planned for the Northern Hemisphere summer. They have had good wraps so far primarily from UK student radio, and their music is a subtle blend of melodic rock, and modern influences. The driving force behind Soundbite would undoubtedly be Geoff Cawood's guitar playing. In fact, they play in a similar style to US indie band Innuendo. There is an eclectic mix of rhythm guitar style like the long forgotten US band Novo Combo or Dire Straits even, while his lead work is exceptional and heads off in a direction where Vito Bratta (White Lion) or Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme) meet up at the lights! Strange but true.

The Songs
The opener 'Morning Sun' has a definite Novo Combo feel about it, though the chorus probably needs to be stronger. As the music quietens during the chorus the vocals seem to disappear off the register, but we're back on track with a great solo! A very catchy piece of melodic rock nonetheless. 'All The Same Day' is not as arresting as it's predecessor but the solo is great again. 'Tearaway' has a nice slow build before changing gears and rockin' out to a full-on climax. Probably the best song on the EP I reckon. Geoff's solo's a bit wild! Great!!! The ballad 'Sometime Now' again has that Novo Combo feel about it. Sort of a mellow track which flows rather than rocks. Next track 'Closer' has influences similar to Seal, while the last track 'Let It Go' is a pretty much straight ahead rocker.

In Summary
The EP's pretty well put together, sound wise and packaging. Overall though, I would have liked to have heard more in the backing vocal department just to flesh out the songs a bit more, and to give the whole she-bang a bit more in the way of dynamics. However, for a first up effort, the arrangements and structural aspects of Soundbite's music all appear to be in order.

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