It has been a long time since I’ve done a review on behalf of Indie Music Bus. The company has been busy with other commitments, until now. July’s ‘Band of the Month’ goes to none other than The Upset Victory, a five-man band combining a mixture of punk, metal and pop music. Stephen Campbell (guitar), Frank Hammonds (guitar/vocals), Eric Vice (bass), Jason Dill (vocals), and Aaron Roy (drums) formed The Upset Victory in 2006, beginning with their self-titled E.P. the following year. Taking cues from national acts such as Saosin, Bayside, Saves the Day and Thursday, the band create catchy, memorable songs each and every time they hit the recording studio.
The Upset Victory caught the attention of labelmates Yellowcard following their initial release - “It’s like Thrice and Iron Maiden had a bastard child with Motley Crue,” said Warren Cooke, former bass player for the violin wielding pop-punk unit. With three more E.P.s and a single under their belt, they unleashed "Before the World Ends" in May 2012 on Authentik Artists.
I decided for a change I would review the music video the band have published for their song ‘Fake This’. I really liked the introduction to this song, especially my surprise to hear a piano being played. This was unexpected to me, given the genre of the music. This introduction was supported by the close-up of the vocalist. This was a nice touch as it helped establish a focal point of the group. With regards to the musicality of the verse, a fantastic feature was the chords. These were chromatically ascending as the verse progressed, which worked really well and provided a different edge to the musical structure of the song. Another good feature of the song, and the video, was the rhythmic security. The verse ended with a very tight build up between the whole band, which was anchored by the synced cuts of the music video. This was a fantastic feature and not only showed the tightness of the band, but also the professional standard of both the band members themselves, and the video they produced. I really liked how in the chorus, the camera focused periodically on different band members, showcasing their music ability on camera for short periods of time.
I really liked the chorus of the song. There were some beautiful backing harmonies provided by the guitarists and I also liked the different feel established, it was more laid back and groove based – almost like a half-time feel. This was great in creating a new feel in the song but also creating variation with the song too. This section built fantastically. The higher notes of the vocalist were very crisp and passionate, and the vocalist also had a great tone. The best bit about this was my surprise at how the section built climactically and then dropped right back down to the original feel, which was a shock, but it sounded very tight and worked really well. As the song progressed I liked how the backing vocals in various sections were varied to include different harmonies.
Another great feature of the music video was half way through. The video cut to nothing and then immediately changed to a change of scenery. This also had almost a film-noir feel! It was in black and white. Musically, this section sounded huge and fantastic. You could clearly see the band was enjoying themselves playing the song and really feeling the groove of the song. Again, I was surprised when the instrumentation dropped to just a single guitar, where a new riff was established. This was very rhythmic and almost quite funky. This also included backing harmonies of what sounded like the public. This section built very well, with the lead vocalist improvising which sounded very.
Another great and tight cut-off from the band led to the final section of the song which, once again, sounded huge. The band looked great as the song concluded, and the song itself sounded fantastic.
I never thought I could write so much on a piece of music lasting 3 minutes and 25 seconds! Regardless, the music this band has to offer is innovative, interesting, tight, entertaining and quite frankly, a masterpiece. There is no doubt in my mind they are worthy of the Indie Music Bus Band of the Month award, and also a listen to. So go check them out; you won’t be disappointed.
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