EP REVIEW: Bulletproof Snow - Punished For my Innocence (EP)
by: Cyrus Rhodes
"hot new music from Michigan"
- INDIE MUSIC DIGEST-
Artist: Bulletproof Snow
Album/EP: Punished For my Innocence (4 song EP)
Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Alternative Rock, Rock
Sounds Like: Three Doors Down, Foo Fighters, Chevelle, Silverchair
Weakness: EP Release
Four Livingston area teens are attracting attention these days all around southern Michigan. Their original music is as unique and hard hitting as the band’s name, Bulletproof Snow.The band is: Trey McLaughlin – Lead Vocals/Guitar, Jake Yacobelli- Guitar/Vocals, Matt Coon – Bass, and Connor Cheney – Drums. Off to a very quick start, these 15 and 16 year olds are already leaving lasting impressions in music circles near and far. Bulletproof Snow is rocketing into the Detroit music scene after only coming together in March 2012. Playing more than 40 shows in a few short months, the band just completed their debut EP, recorded at Swordfish Studios (Brighton MI) and mastered by Kevin Sharpe at Metro 37 Recording Studios (Rochester Hills MI).
The EP kicks things off with “Punished For my Innocence” a great opening track with it's full tilt rock groove, hooky riffs, impressive solid low end groove painted against a grand slam of a chorus. Track 2 "This Emptiness” presents a slamming full tilt follow-up that serves up catchy vocal intro, driving rock rhythm against no holds barred guitar and heartfelt vocal presence from McLaughlin. Track 3 keeps things rocking with “Useless Cover Up” a dynamic yet melodic follow-up piece that serves up impressive vocal delivery from McLaughlin that flows and ebbs its way though to emotional fruition. As the EP quickly unfolds I can hear influences ranging from Three Doors Down, Foo Fighters, with perhaps a dash of Silverchair and Chevelle. The music has everything you would expect from a high octane power driven EP. The musical style refuses to be pinned down, the vocals are amazing, gritty and emotional. The guitar playing is hot to the touch. There are also touches of Classic Jam band but with a modern Psychedelic-Rock to Hard Rock aftertaste. McLaughlin’s vocal style works extremely well with this style of music with its stereotypical jagged edge delivery. I might add the timing is spot on and his vocal intensity at times is off the charts. I also noticed a few hot to the touch guitar solos along the way. Rhythm section - lays down the low end groove thick as a brick. What I like most about the music is its sheer intensity and consistency note for note and song for song. By track 2-3 the EP shows no sign of letting up dishing out many impressive songs in a row. The EP ends with Track 4 “What Comes Next” the perfect finale statement for a EP of this caliber. There’s even a bonus live track:“Stick it Out” featured on their Reverbnation site linked above.
I typically don’t give 10 star ratings out to EP’s. The full length releases is a more complete musical snapshot in which to judge an artists by at any given time. All songs over 3.5 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line.
This debut 4 song musical teaser from "Bulletproof Snow” delivers hot new music from Michigan and is a solid musical statement from start to finish. Its strength – the raw song for song intensity that keeps coming at you. The music is clean yet gritty, rock solid, heavy and consistent. Like a heavy weight fighter this EP packs a powerful punch, and goes the full 12 rounds with no sign of letting up. Like a 1-2 punch the songs keep coming at you, one after the other until you’re ready to tap out. What am I trying to say? "Bulletproof Snow rocks - that’s what.