steering clear of the mainstream
since 2001

june 2010

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"Seconds" CDEP

Radio Failing

Genres: alternative rock, mainstream rock, rock/pop

July 18 - 24 2005

Goldenstate are pure mid-90s alternative rock; I'm thinking Pearl Jam, Matchbox 20, and Dave Matthews Band. Seconds is full of catchy, pleasant rock songs that are entertaining though contrived. There is certainly a market for this sort of thing, but given the amount of it I receive, this band will likely have a tough time fighting obscurity by numbers. Fortunately, they seem to have amassed a decent fanbase - so their brand of inoffensive, straightforward rock music should be able to achieve some measure of success. "The Amazing Shrinking Man" is the highlight of this EP; it's a pure Pearl Jam-esque number with a strong melody and a nice, grungy texture. "Lucky Girl" is also catchy and enjoyable, with a dark, grimy energy behind it. Some of the slower songs drag a bit, giving off a bland Matchbox 20 vibe that I don't really like ("Hindsight," "Lost at Sea") - but, hey, there were evidently enough m20 fans out there to support a wide array of Billboard hits. In short, this isn't exactly my cup of tea, but there's enough melody in Seconds to make it a lasting alternative rock record.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 6 tracks, distributed by Radio Failing, released 2005]