Absent Me [another local band preferring to use only their first names or nicknames], from Sacramento, California, is comprised of five unique members: Brian [Soma], Curtis [Loki], Job, Butch, Megan [Skully], and Tim [Monkey]. Collectively they possess an incredibly fresh new style and sound for the local music scene, however they have yet to receive the much-deserved admiration as other bands of their stature.
CD Review By Paula Wilson
sound is captivating as well as alluring, mixing strong melodic vocals with
keyboards; forcefully delivered drums/percussion; catchy, strong, hard-rock
guitar riffs, intertwined with metal overtones; rounding out and contributing to
the band's overall unique sound, a thumping bass guitar.
band will not only blend with, but also compliment many genres of music. Their
music is radio-friendly, possibly even dance friendly, having the capability of
appealing to a large listening audience ranging from teens on up to listeners in
their mid to late thirties quite easily.
song, “Gloria” is a perfect example of the captivating sound this band
produces. Skully lays it out very heavy on the keyboards crossing finely over
into the gothic side, yet the song remains solid hard rock.
Hero” is an extremely fast song, delivered with heavy metal overtones on both
drums and bass guitar, in addition to aggressive guitar work rhythmically
executed by Loki. Soma's vocals are melodic, dark, borderline erotic, with brief
interjections of primal screaming.
to “Save Me”, by Job is a brief solo demonstrating his thumping bass style.
Following suite with his forcefully delivered sticks is Butch on drums, and once
more, Skully on keyboards. This song has a very danceable beat, sultry vocals by
Soma intermixed with some “AM” type vocal distortions, and multiple changes
throughout in tempo … overall a great song.
out this E.P., the final track, “Now You Know” proving to be fast paced,
changing hard-rock borderline Groove/funk based song. Strongly executed
throughout, this song needs to be played at an elevated level on a stereo to
grasp the full effect.
Impression: Great album! A band
capable of making an impact on local music … also very worthy of your respect
and monetary investment in order to capture the true essence of Absent Me;
another “must-have” in your collection of local music talents. Additional
side note: Save that investment capital for the soon to be re-released EP.
to the band … winners of the Artist Development Contest sponsored by
Sacramento's Velvet Tone Studios in May. The band will be professionally
re-recording their EP including some new music, compliments of the infamous
Patrick Olguin -Recording Engineer Extraordinaire at Velvet Tones. The band’s
barefaced self-promotion has just begun to scratch the surface; however they
have started to gain some very long overdue attention and well deserved, perhaps
the wording should be … earned recognition! For more updates on the recording,
merchandise, show updates, etc., please check their web site: http://www.absentme.com.