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Retrogress, The - 2014 Future Stories From the Past EP

ARTIST: Retrogress, The
ALBUM: Future Stories From the Past EP
LABEL: Web Art Records
YEAR: 2014
SPONSOR: Webart Records


LINEUP: The Retrogress - guitars, vocals + drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Soul * 02 Symmetry Of Minders * 03 Born To The End * 04 The Feeling * 05 I Forget How Important Is For Me To Remember * 06 Standing By Me



The Retrogress, surprisingly, are a band featuring only two members, and according to sources, don't want to reveal their names. So, The Retrogress are it then. They hail from Greece, and have picked up a handful of accolades along the way. They're not quite the usual fare we see here at GDM, and I thought twice about whether to include them here or not to be honest. They have an alt-rock meets blues style on their debut EP 'Future Stories From the Past', which showcases six songs offering up a variable sound.

The Songs
'Soul' with its shuffled drum work hints at a style pursued by U2, Simple Minds and their contemporaries from a few decades ago. An unusual title for sure, 'Symmetry Of Minders' is my pick for best track on the EP. It harks at the jangly style of American College alt-rock bands, good for what it is, but not a genre of pop/rock that resonates with me unfortunately. 'Born To The End' has some good ideas, when they rock it up they come into their own. However, the quieter reflective moments get lost on me I'm afraid, especially the vocal. 'The Feeling' is a crisp and urgent sounding tune, energetic mostly, with some Guns N Roses type moments. 'I Forget How Important Is For Me To Remember' must rank as one of the longest song-titles in recent memory, the verses not quite catching on for me, even though the guitar melody sounds as if it was nicked from a 70's Rush album. The final track 'Standing By Me' has a summery feel, but again, the vocals lacked clarity, sung in near whispered tones, it was hard to distinguish what was going on.

In Summary
The Retrogress have some potential for sure, but it would be hard for me to gauge their progress because the genre's they operate in are ones I rarely venture into. They do have a platform to choose from now, but would probably need to settle on something narrower in style, as music listeners now live in the 'instant' generation and everyone is competing for their ears and their wallets. Described as one of the best rock duets in Europe might be a wee bit ambitious at this stage, but good luck for the future chaps!

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