Review Summary: Eudora combines different styles of modern rock for their first release "...And It Rained Machines." Powerful vocals and basslines really shine through on this one. Unfortunately it is solid effort that is brought down by generic lyrics and guitar parts.Eudora
is an alternative rock band from Orange County, California. Having played an innumerable amount of shows they released "...And It Rained Machines."
"...And It Rained Machines" is an album that can be best described with the phrase, "Down but not out.
" For the band's first release this is not at all a poor effort. There is indeed room for improvement for their upcoming full length.
At the core of "...And It Rained Machines" there is definitely variety in each song. No song sounds too similar to one another. There are only really six real songs as the opening track Broadcast Over Silhouettes
is just static being played in the background with certain clips from each song being played. After the track clocks in at 0:43 it all goes downhill. Unfortunately the clips in the beginning aren't enough to determine the whole album. There is also an awkward transition into the next track Death of A Soap Opera
. The remainder of the album becomes tedious and drags on.
Guitarists Tim Markel
and Robby Friend
provide great intros to each track but can't hold it out as each track starts to get on the boring side as you get deeper into them. If you listen close enough the basslines are quite interesting. Bassist Kevin Connor
is really the star on some tracks especially Satellites on Parade
provides solid druming but he tends to stay on the safe side and not go out of the box as does the rest of the band. Even worse the drums aren't very loud throughout the whole mix.
The worst aspect without a doubt is the lyrics. Luckily the band parted ways with singer David Tom. He has a phenominal range but writes terribly generic lyrics. His voice can be best described as the singer of Anberlin
meets Anthony Green formerly of Saosin
, currently in Circa Survive
. If you're not familiar with either vocalist it's sort of a high nasally pitched voice.
Lines such as Give me reason to confess / I'm tired of this mess
will make you want to puke. Back up screams and growls occasionly show up on such songs Satellites on Parade
and Every Answer Mute
but they could be used so much more because quite frankly David Tom
can't pull it off himself with the job of vocals.
If you can look past the awful lyrics this is a decent album for a band's first release. With the band in search of a new singer I am curious to see how their upcoming full length will turn out.