I was introduced to this band by the guitarist Scott Forsyth. Distorted Model was not a band I had heard of before, so I was looking forward to sinking my teeth into this song. I say this all the time, but there is nothing better than reviewing a band I know nothing about. It’s so refreshing!
The record starts with a very brief drum intro which leads into the vocal. My first thought was that I wasn’t mad on the sound of the drums. I think some post production TLC could have been ideal to iron out a couple of timing issues. Nevertheless, everything else was cool and once I got past my own feelings towards the drums, I enjoyed the song.
The song is upbeat and colourful. There is lots of personality. For me, there were a couple of points in the song where I thought it was a little musical nod to the era of the mods (and the rockers!). There were just hints of the song that sounded quite 60’s inspired, and I was all over that. It’s been a while since I’ve heard a band do this.
The bass had a lovely groove too and this was the strongest part of the song. The guitar and vocal worked well in sync together too. Whilst all components of the song delivered, for me there was not enough “oomph” in the vocal throughout the chorus. I would have liked to have heard things ramped up a bit at this point, but everything was, musically, very level. There seemed to be no light and shade.
However, because of the bands immediate likeability, obvious musical ability and the length of the song, I do think that this song would be great on radio. It’s undoubtedly catchy and I know that earlier in the year, the guys got some well-deserved airtime on BBC Radio Kent – hopefully there will be a bit more of that for them in the future.
In all, the sound of the record is beautifully psychedelic, dreamy and positive. There are also some well thought out harmonies too.
There is work to be done for sure, but, as a first effort, and first release, this is a real achievement for the guys. Through interest and excitement, I’ll be keeping a close eye on Distorted Model over the next 12 months. I believe the ingredients for something special are there, and can’t wait to see what the future holds for this very new band.