CD Review: Battlecat EP

Battlecat EP
Review by Leo Abbs

Battlecat are a band full of talented players, lead by singer Christian Parkinson, who has a strong voice. However songwriting is another challenge. With skilled honed by playing in cover bands, (two members play in the acoustic outfit Switchback) the musicianship is there, but one might question the originality which isn’t high on this recording.

Heading straight down the Rock highway, which is by no means a wrong path, it’s a smooth ride. However you feel too smooth at times. You know when the music just becomes something that will fade into the background? There’s nothing here that makes you go ‘wow’.

The question is where are Battlecat headed? Is it the heavy detuned rock of the first track ‘Lay Alone’. Or the commercial softer rock sound of tracks 2 and 3 which sound like they’re one of the blander type of songs you sound daily on dials 92.9 and 96.1? I hope the band follows their heart with this choice, rather than just playing what they think will help them ‘make it’.

There’s nothing wrong with writing music that has commercial appeal (look at Birds Of Tokyo, they make Nickelback-like songs sound fantastic), but it would be nice for a band to bring something new. There are some well written songs on this disc, but they are just a bit too predictable at times.

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