1. All Falls Down
2. Fast Forward
3. Mr. StoneSkin
4. Next To You
Souls A Fuse debuts with this 4-song EP. Souls A Fuse mixes straight-forward rock with alternative twists. The energetic, powerful songs on “Under The Spotlight” are a good example of what this band is capable of. The songs are well-written and performed quite well. However there is still room to grow.
The album starts with the uptempo powerpop song All Falls Down. The enthusiasm and energy in this song are infectious and you’ll find yourself moving along to this song. Either tapping your feet or bobbing your head, or whatever it is you do. The guitar is probably the strongest part of this song. It is a good opener for this EP, but it is by no means the strongest song. But with a slightly better production and a little more tweaking this could become even better. It does make a hell of a live track though.
Then we hear Fast Forward. But FFW is the last thing I want to do on this song. The timing on this song is much better than on All Falls Down. It’s like the band needed a little time to warm up, but on Fast Forward they are in their groove. A clever drum line and very well thought out song. Slightly reminds me of Hybrid L, a band from GA. One of my favorite tracks on the EP.
We then continue the EP with Mr. StoneSkin which is, without a doubt, the best song on the CD. A song in the tradition of July For Kings, Small Town Sleeper, and the likes, this song has the right tempo, the right timing, great lyrics and is performed as well as one can hope for. This song has the best vocals of all 4 songs on the EP. I found myself singing along to this one after listening to it only once. Great rock song.
The closer is Next To You which has a Goo Goo Dolls like intro. You almost expect Johnny Rzeznik to start singing. But it’s not really a disappointment when he doesn’t. Because Dan Cable’s vocals are just right for this song. Another strong piece of music by this Californian band. This song is a little slower than the other 3, but by doing that, Souls A Fuse shows their diversity. And by putting it last on the EP, they do this track justice.
Souls A Fuse brings us “Under The Spotlight”, a little peek inside the talents of this band. There sure is some room for growth, but for a debut, this EP shows there’s enough talent, willpower, & conviction to make it. With songs as Fast Forward & Mr. StoneSkin I bet we’ll be hearing more of this band. And rather sooner than later. Don’t be surprised if you see them opening up for bands like Daughtry, 12 Stones, Default, or Staind one day.