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On disc: 7 Days Awake

Interference - Gisela Schmitz - 5 stars


(Abandon Records - 2010)

To get into Interference, the album of Bielefeld-based band 7 Days Awake, you need a few spins. Their music can roughly be described as independent rock with elements of emotional modern rock and psychedelic backing vocals. A bit too much? Well, it needs time to get access to their sound and I confess, it wasn't easy. Anyway, the band is taking you on a musical journey which is quite interesting. At their 3rd album they are experimental, they try new guitar sounds and arrangements. Musically they are the link between Muse and Radiohead. Only die-hard fans of indie rock will dig it. I don't really fall for it. The songs are kinda bulky, they have too many ideas they try to incorporated into their songs. Sorry, but I don't get into it. Perhaps they should try to focus on entertaining the fans instead of mixing different elements of indie rock. Interference is a bulky album and no easy listening, but some will find it entertaining. You know, there is beauty in simplicity!

5 stars

Gisela Schmitz
(translation: Claudia Ehrhardt


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