Pop-rock licks and catchy rhythms are the makings for a solid foundation of Fade Chromatic’s 5-track Self-Titled album. Something needs to be said about a band that is admittedly of a pop-rock genre in a city that’s dominated (or in some cases, infested with) indie/hipster rockers.
The album starts strong with the single, “Wind Up Dead”. A track made up of melodic vocals punctuated nicely with an addictive lead guitar riff, and punchy drum fills at the start of the second verse. This sets listeners up for a steady stream of head bobbing and memorable tunes.
To be technical for a moment, the tracks themselves are crisp and mixed seamlessly. The only thing I found a tad jarring was the filtering used for vocals – occasionally there is a slight detachment in sound, particularly with the layered harmonies: with the exception of the verses on “Waiting For The Edge”.
“Another Sunrise” is an interesting tune; the shift in its ending from upbeat pop declaration to gentle ballad in its last minute and 10 seconds is a great way to end the 5 track EP.
To celebrate the release of this album, Fade Chromatic will be playing a show today at The Annex Live with Future History, The Cautioneers and Air Marshal Landing. The event is hosted by The Indie Machine and attendees have the opportunity to win a pretty rad looking Uke. More details for the event can be found here.