EP REVIEW: Low Fi - After All This Time
By: Cyrus Rhodes
EP: After All This Time
Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Rock, Progressive Rock,
Sounds Like: Weezer, Go Go Dolls, John Mayer
Technical Grade: 8/10
Weakness: Winded songs, excessive intro & outros
Boise Idaho’s’ own “Low Fi” release their latest EP sampler entitled After all this Time in 2011. The group is made up of three members: Todd Sloan on guitar & vocals, Josh Gilmore on bass and Kevin Alspach on drums.
The EP kicks things off with “Last Transmission” a rocking intro piece that flows & ebbs its way through to emotional fruition with its driving rock rhythm, melodic rhythm guitar and hypnotic vocal vibe from Sloan. Track 2 “Dog Days” is an upbeat follow up piece that serves up synthetic rock groove against easy flowing guitar & hooky vocal melody. Track 3 “Idaho” shifts gears a bit with its methodical musical build eventually leading into a power ballad of sorts with lyrics and subject matter that is thought provoking and vocal that are heartfelt. The EP makes a solid first impression dishing out 3 impressive songs in a row. As the EP slowly unfolds I can hear many different musical textures reminiscent of such acts like John Mayer, Go Go Dolls, Weezer, and Modest Mouse. For the record Low Fi’s sound is extremely hard to pigeonhole. The music itself is an impressive blend of progressive rock & even has a progressive aftertaste that is extremely dynamic & melodic in nature. Sloan’s voice goes down smooth and is full of passion, reckless abandon and bold honesty. The musicianship from this band is top flight with impressive solo guitar work and a rhythm section that push the natural accents well. The songs themselves are extremely dynamic and highly melodic. Each song possessing a unique personality, flair and signature groove. From dynamic “Hey” to mesmerizing “Sparrow” this CD has something for just about everyone. The EP ends with “Into the Sun” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.
Many songs take too long to develop with their excessive intro & outros. Track 3 dragged me to the finish line and I didn't care for the drum performance on that piece either. (snare drum segments). The cover art concept misses the mark for me as well.
Overall ”After All This Time” by “Lo Fi” is an entertaining musical teaser. It’s strong suit – the amazing amount of melody, originality and potential this band brings to the table. The production value is solid and I look forward to hearing the Full Length release real soon.