"City Folk" CD
Genres: indie rock, comedy rock
May 3 - 9 2004
Mystechs, one of Omega Point's token bands, have come out with
yet another release of their special variety of eclectic pop. City
Folk is a fun, playful disc of melody and style - though it takes
cues from the likes of rock, country, metal, soft-pop, and any number
of other genres, it still boasts a sound that is distinctly its own.
This lack of genre focus could be City Folk's greatest
pitfall. Sometimes this disc can be a bit disjointed, which is
dangerous for Mystechs. Potential fans could be turned
off. As well, quite a few of these songs lack truly catchy
melodies. "Good Gone Bad" is a prime example; its
bland melodies are boring and completely tiresome - even some silly
female backing vocals can't salvage it. "Cannibal
Feast," meanwhile, is a clever parody of heavy metal theatrics,
but an abysmal lack of hooks prevents it from being truly satisfying.
Despite its shortcomings, however, City Folk boasts quite a few
solid songs. "This Is All There Is" is a funny, infectious
play on the soft rock genre, juxtaposing a sensitive chorus with foul,
offensive verse lyrics. "On Some Faraway Beach" is
also quite catchy, in its own soft, relaxing way.
Altogether, City Folk is a strong, funny disc.
Occasionally, it places too much emphasis on parodying other genres
and loses track of its own listenability - but Mystechs can be
forgiven, as they are a fairly young band.
[Vitals: 12 tracks, distributed by the
label, released 2003]