"Prologue" CDR EP
Genres: pop/rock, rock, hometaper
Dec 13 - 19 2004
I've used the word "catharsis" incorrectly enough times to
know it's a very pretentious thing to say, but Art Catharsis is
far from stuck-up. Instead, this is a rather humble release;
sole band member Brian Tashima plays simple hometaper pop/rock
tunes, based on standard musical concepts and recorded with terrible
production values. Prologue is three songs long, and,
while at times promising, it is ultimately unsatisfying.
"Bend" definitely has a solid melody (think The Police
and The Offspring combined), but it sounds generic and
dull. Brian's "Anti-Love Song" is lyrically
bitter and lame - as well as musically bland - while "The Great
Escape" sounds like a less catchy Weezer demo. Maybe
if the recording quality was a bit better, this would have worked -
however, full-fledged rock music like this needs better production -
and, excepting "Bend," better songwriting - to sound good.
Fun Fact: If I've done my research
correctly, Brian Tashima used to live in Hawaii, where he
played with a band called Tone Deaf Teens, before moving to the
state of Washington. I can't tell if that's a "fun"
fact or not, but I doubt it.
3 tracks, distributed by the
artist, released 2003]