Western Sand - self-titled (e.p.)

 

THE BAND:
Nathan Kay - drums
Jimmy Bradshaw - lead guitar
Findlay Hotchkiss - bass
Tyler Hains - vocals & guitar



TRACK FRAGMENTS:
1.) "A Place I Call Home" - This track opens with a pre-intro consisting of Nathan playing quarter notes on his bass drum.  Over the top of the third quarter note of the second measure the rhythm guitar kicks-in.  After one more measure of quarter note bass drum kicks the main intro kicks-in.  The main intro kicks-in with a snare drum fill.  After the snare drum fill over the top of the first rhythm guitar riff there was a minor lead guitar solo.  There was a twin lead guitar solo connecting the main intro with the musical verse.  In many ways this twin lead guitar solo had a seventies Rock feel to it.  The third lyric line of the verse had a small echo attached to it.  The backing vocals of the choruses could have been turned up just a little more.  In turn, this would have given the chorus a sweeter hook.   There was a cowbell rhythm connecting the first chorus with the second verse.  After the second chorus there as a breakdown section.  This breakdown section lead to the lead guitar solo section.  Over the top of the coda there was a couple lead guitar licks.      
2.) "Take It Away" -This intro consisted of a bass line and rhythm guitar riff over the top of a percussion pattern.  After four measures a second rhythm guitar kicks-in.  There is a short guitar pick effect connecting the pre-intro with the main musical intro.  The main musical intro consisted of what sounded like two individual rhythm guitar riffs.  The guitar riffs of the main intro had a huge hook attached to them.  The musical verse consisted of two separate rhythm guitar rhythms.  There was a small rhythm change for the musical chorus.  After the second chorus there is a small breakdown section.  The breakdown section leads to the lead guitar solo.  Over the top of the outro there were a couple lead guitar licks.
3.) "Broken Bones" -This track opens with an acoustic guitar riff.  After the riff is repeated a second time you can hear Tyler count, "2, 3, 4.  The musical verse consisted of an acoustic guitar arrangement over the top of a tom-tom pattern.  In many ways the opening musical verse was very reminiscent to early Fleetwood Mac.  There was a small vocal echo attached to the end of the lyric lines.  In between the vocal lines and acoustic guitar there are little lead guitar licks. There was a minor lead guitar solo connecting the first chorus with the second verse.  After the fourth chorus there is a small breakdown section.
4.) "Welcome To The Badlands" -
This track opens with a small drum pattern.  The main intro consisted of a lead guitar rhythm over the top of several minor lead guitar licks.  There was a rhythm arrangement change for the musical verse.  There was a minor lead guitar solo underneath the lyric lines of the musical chorus.  There was a twin lead guitar solo after the second chorus.  For the chorus over the top of the coda the band speeded the Beats Per Minute up.


     The sad thing with E.P.'s is if the band is real good such as Western Sand your left wanting more.  It just amazes me how many great, young, extremely talented bands are out there just waiting to be discovered.  Western Sand is all of the above, and more.  Yet chances are the guys are going to need to relay on the Internet and performing live to get the word out.    
     This E.P. is a throwback to the American rock greats of the seventies and eighties.  It's made to be played very loud and very often!!!! If you fall in the category of good solid rock and roll you should definitely check this band out!