The Class Acts: Something Good
Album Info:Genre: Rock
Positives:Some nice crunchy guitar, catchy melodies reminiscent of early Weezer
Negatives:Pretty pitchy singing, too long - would be much more solid as a whole if they dropped a few of the weaker tracks
It’s a first release, and there is room to grow, but the Class Acts definitely have something. If they focus on the things they do well and run with them, and really work on the other aspects of their music to take them to the next level, than they will do well…
The Class Acts is a young band hailing from Battle Creek. Formed in 2009, friends Ed Ryan, Andy McCotter, and John Ryan set out to kill time and have fun together and it’s become something more than that. They are starting to develop a following and play out consistently and it’s bound to be exciting for the young band.
July 2012 saw the first release from these young guns, “Something Good.” This 7 track ep boasts some good licks, and some catchy Weezer-esque melodies. The disc reaches some particularly nice heights with the tracks “Bad” and “I Know.” ”Bad” is arguably the best track on the disc, but boasts a slightly different, and slightly more raw punk sound than the rest of the album. ”I Know” features a nice bouncy bass-line and a pretty good guitar solo that make this track stand out.
The singing on the album is not the best, most of the time it’s tolerable, but there are a few spots, like on “Lines” that are just off-putting.
Another thing I thought detracted from this album was the length. I think the guys got a little ahead of themselves with a 7 song ep. It would be different if every song was stellar, but I think, especially when you’re first starting out, less is more. Write and record 3 really good songs, and that will be more impressive than those same 3 good songs, surrounded by a few songs that are sub-par… Those few songs drag the rest of the disc down.
It’s a first release, and there is room to grow, but the Class Acts definitely have something. If they focus on the things they do well and run with them, and really work on the other aspects of their music to take them to the next level, than they will do well and the music they put out with continue to get better. That’s what’s important; making sure each of your releases is better then the last one, and that’s all you can really do.
What to Do (2:41)
Something Good (3:47)
I Know (4:49)
Little Girl (3:54)
Windy Evening (5:37)