Rock music has been in a world where there has been a seemly permeating world where the gritty sound is paying dividends right now. (See Royal Blood) It’s become about making less recording clean and more about providing an authentic sound to the audience. The Los Angeles band, The Gitas has merged many of those elements into their debut EP, Garland. There are many ways where you can listen to this EP and think of the old days of 90’s grunge and newer elements of alternative rock. You can even think of Garland has a sampler of many things you have heard with their own personal twist.
Garland starts off with the opener, “Brand New Life”, which has a quiet element and erupts into an almost Nirvana-like breakdown. Vocalist/Guitarist Sasha Chemerov has a raspy, Cobain-like voice as he echoes “I got this easy feeling that everything is great”. The next song, “Black Crows” reminds me of the Black Keys (see what I did there?). There’s a bluesy element to this track complete with harmonies and keyboards in the background. The band can switch gears in many aspects.
“Mood For Love”, which is the single from the record, is a little bit more upbeat. Highlighted by dance-like guitar chords and upbeat percussion from drummer Matt Lucich, you can definitely hear that this would be the most accessible record radio-wise. It’s a get up out your seat type of sound. “Precious Day” is the most visceral and brooding. I like that this track is rough around the edges with aggressive guitar and bass from Joe Guese that acts to elevate the heaviness. The last track, “Someone To Die With” goes almost into the psychedelic rock category especially with the Tabla that is played at the end of the track.
The Gitas definitely have potential as they are able to pour their influences into each track and perform them in a very confident manner. I would love to hear a full album where there is a cohesiveness as the band develops their sound more. There are definitely tools and elements within Garland where The Gitas can separate themselves from the pack of rock acts today. Only time will tell – for now, Garland is a good start with promise of things to come.