You know you’re doing something right when you get picked to tour with Neil Young & Crazy Horse.
I’m not going to lie, it’s the reason why I decided to take a deeper look into Infantree (Alex Vojdani, Donald Fisher, Matt Kronish, Jordan Avesar), one of many bands I get contacted by everyday, and I was seriously impressed so I decided to commit and review their second album, Hero’s Dose.
It could best be described as a tale of two albums, one extremely good letting you know they’ve got a bright future ahead of them. The other, not so good.
The album kick starts with “What You Wanna Do,” “Original Sin” and “Skinny Bones Jones.” Three uninspired songs that just don’t grab your attention at all, then “Bag of Tricks” hits your ear drums and all that negativity is out the window. The thought of ‘this band’s definitely got it’ comes to your mind. It’s got a real Traveling Wilburys’ (the legendary band featuring Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison and George Harrison) sound to it that makes you say, “awesome.”
The awesomeness continues right after that with “Fibber.” One of my favorite tracks on the album (along with “Here Goes Nothing”). The lead singer hits some awesome notes and the writing is well done.
“Here Goes Nothing” is by far the best track on the album. They slow it down and hit you hard with some powerful vocals and spot on notes, all around perfect execution, which makes sense considering the album was produced by Niko Bolas. Bolas has also done Neil Young, Warren Zevon and Secret Sisters.
Will I be following Infantree after this album? Your damn right. Sometimes its better to know that the best is yet to come. I’m sure I’ll be saying something different about Infantree ‘after the gold rush’ hits.
photo credit: Eleanor Stills