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Friday, February 27, 2009

Review: Inkbat - Under The Clothes EP

Inkbat – Under The Clothes EP
2008, Inkbat

Inkbat is a Chicago based quartet with a distinct love for 1960’s and 1970’s nostalgia. Born of a high school class project back in 2003 between vocalist/guitarist/keyboardist Ryan Whitney and drummer Charlie Dresser, Inkbat became a night and weekend project into college and beyond. Dylan McKenzie later chimed in on guitar and vocals, and Mark Brussy rounded out a killer rhythm section. Inkbat released their debut EP, Under The Clothes, in December of 2008. They are gigging in around Chicago and the mid-west US in 2009 in support.

Inkbat leads off with ’82, a highly rhythmic guitar rocker with a disco beat and a melancholy feel. Go Darling is more of a frenetic alt-rocker and probably the most commercial song on the EP. Under The Clothes is very understated, but perhaps a minute too long at 5:14. All The Same is a mellow bit of musical melancholia that sounds like Pink Floyd being sung by a cabaret singer/band. It’s actually a quite wonderful effect that underlines what may be the best writing on the EP. Inkbat saved the best for last on Under The Clothes. It is, perhaps, a harbinger of things to come.

Rating: 3 Stars (Out of 5)

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