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March 15, 2004 | by  | in Music |
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Eight :: Moving

I’m confused. Somehow the post-Seattle crooning style of countless mid-nineties American bands has washed upon our shores several years later, and I’m grateful…really. News flash, news flash, this just in: ‘the lead singer of Collective Soul has a love child that sings with Auckland band Eight. Tell me it’s not true!

No, it’s not true. But middle-of-the-road FM rock outfit Eight has just released their debut effort Moving. Boasting 15 tracks, four of which act as short instrumental interludes between songs, the album booklet includes landscapes and urban scenes entwined with vocalist Bruce Conlon’s sappy poetry. An example: “and this soulless science the lines I’ve drawn still leave this emptiness.” Deep.

As thought-provoking as it all is, the band’s idea of defining ‘their own sound,’ (to quote their press release), is the occasional burst of keyboard noise and samples over a bed of dated sounding pop rock. To their credit, Eight do venture beyond the blandness of their singles ‘Whale’, ‘Moments Gone’, and the current, ‘No Way to Decide.’ The guitars are clean, jangly and textured, in an almost indie sounding fashion, and the band experiments with samples which add a modern sounding vibe to this album. Still, I can’t help but think the beginning of track four and first single, ‘Whale’ sounds uncannily like the Verve Pipe’s ‘Freshmen.’

Imagine this: The Stereo Bus tinkering with a drum machine while a vocalist from a Creed tribute band sings bed-wetting poetry over the top. Sound like your cup of tea? Cool, you’d better run down to the shops and get your copy before it sells out.

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