If the lead singer from Canadian electro-rock band Smashing Satellites looks familiar to you it’s because he was the former lead guitar of the not-sure-if-they’re-even-still-a-band My Darkest Days. But Salvatore Costa is absolutely not looking to create similar music to his last band and his newest musical endeavor is living proof. The SonicAluzion (A-Side) EP perfectly documents the crazy journey an artist has to embark on in order to ‘make it’ in the music industry.
The band’s first released single “Hounds” reveals to their fans that they are ready to come at their audience at full force. Its infectious Arctic Monkeys with quirky characteristics track is filled with blues, sexy vocals and plays to both the dance scene and the rock scene. The ‘hound’ described in the song becomes a metaphor for a person who is willing to do literally whatever it takes to make it in a dog-eat-dog industry and that metaphor is also indicated in its accompanying music video – lusting after the ‘grand prize’ while getting turned upside down because you don’t know whether to be yourself or hide behind a mask.
SonicAluzion (A-Side) actually begins with “Waterfall” (a spacier AWOLNATION‘s “Sail” meets Breathe Carolina‘s “Shots Fired”). Costa opens up about a fear of failure that slowly affects your sanity and could easily be the downfall of your career if you’re afraid to take risks with your music with the passion and honesty in his vocals that rival that of Jared Leto and never strays from that in the remaining tracks.
“Like a Feather” tells the tale of an ambitious man whose dreams were too big for a small town and was ready to to give up on everything he currently had to chase after it. Its crazy, dark sounding carnival musicality somewhat hints that the music industry is filled with its own brand of circus freak (I can already see it being featured in American Horror Story: Freakshow). “Calm Me Down” is almost like a continuation of “Like a Feather” in which it too discusses the incredible lengths one would go to for success. Musically, it’s a spot-on definition of what modern electronic sounds mixed with ethereal grunge rock should sound like while its pace going from sudo-frantic to slower at the chorus indicates that difficulty it is to take the time to enjoy what;s around us when there’s always something that needs to be done.
Smashing Satellites takes a somber turn in the piano infused, emotion riddled “Taste of Fame.” Like many artists, there is always going to be that struggle with balancing fame and a normal life, especially when it comes to relationships with others. Costa gets blunt with the fakers in the repeated line “I hope you like your taste of fame” and pretty much decides that whoever stays is worth his time and whoever doesn’t can fuck off. The EP ends with their single “Hounds.”
The entire SonicAluzion (A-Side) EP is a shining example of how a simple genre change can skyrocket someone’s potential than previous work did. Costa’s attention commanding vocals paired with the funky guitars, dramatic percussion, robotic keyboards and occasional strings truly turns each song into beautiful works of art. Smashing Satellites has the charisma and a consistent-yet-unique style that has the power to sell out arenas far and wide. I wouldn’t be surprised if it happened in the very near future.