If Sons was a superhero clan, they would be called the Dynamic Four.
Now that I have your attention with my cheesy one-liner, elaboration is necessary. The definition of dynamic is as follows:
adjective: characterized by constant change, activity, or progress.
Keep Quiet is the perfect example of this word. Sons exhibits characteristics of a band worth listening to from the opening song, and that trait follows through all the way until the final note. Full of an assortment of twists and turns, breakdowns, buildups and more, this album is not one to use as a coaster (for those of you who still put music on CDs) or a space-taker-upper on your computer.
The first track starts the album off with a sound comparable to House of Heroes. It really manifests itself after the first thirty seconds of vocal and guitar duo when the signature HoH guitar tones come riffing through. The instantly catchy song makes a perfect fit for the album opener.
The second song, “Believe In Something” has the graceful melodies of Copeland. With the chill drum-work, resounding guitar tones, keyboard doings and the buildup to slightly ominous harmonies paired with strings and dark, eerie guitar work, Sons has lured you in to keep listening.
Each of the referenced bands has that common ability of being dynamic in the sense that they can go from pure vocals coupled with piano to guitar-driven choruses and indie-style heavy drums (need another example? listen to “Caution”). However, if any band sounds like My Epic, it is this one.
From the vocal melodies and the tones of Aaron Newberry’s voice to the actual lyrics, there is that same emotional connection you get when listening to My Epic. Aside from vocals, the guitars are also a dominating factor in the album; the varying tones are always lined up with the mood of the song. There are also a number of creative little touches that they use to make them stand apart from any other band in their genre: strings, an assortment of affects in all the right places, along with piano parts that add to that unmitigated, innocent sound.
The overall musicianship throughout the album is astounding for such a young band. Only two years old, they have achieved the professional image of a band that has been at it for multiple albums. The twelve tracks are not arranged in a way that avoids that feeling of “is the album over yet,” rather, they aim more for the “album-on-repeat” method.