I was recently
talking with an employee of Island Def Jam and he was raving about
this band that they had recently signed. Always one to try new
music, I said "shit yeah, send it to me. I'll listen to anything."
In the back of my head I kind of figured that the guy was doing
his job and hyping this new band and didn't expect much from the
disc being sent my way.
So a couple days go by and Greenwheel's Soma
Holiday arrives in the mail. I gave it a quick listen and
wasn't too impressed. After a few days, I decided to gave the
disc a more thorough listen. Funny thing was, songs started sticking
with me. Two guitars, a kick ass drum, Greenwheel is very tight
musically. With a sound somewhere between matchbox twenty and
Fuel, Greenwheel rips through the 45-minute Soma Holiday.
With the layered sound of two big guitars, Greenwheel shows a
lot of promise and strong writing on their Island debut.
The standout track on the disc is "Breathe."
This song has hit written all over it. I will go out on a limb
(granted a small limb) and say that "Breathe" is going
to be heard all over the place when it is released as a single
later this year. Other stand out tracks include: "Shelter,"
"Sustain You," "Identity," "Radiance,"
and "Dim Halo" another hit just waiting to be
released. The only problem with the disc is some songs do get
lost in the shuffle as they all have a very similar structure
Greenwheel is a very strong band and Soma
Holiday is already on my short list of best CDs of 2002. Greenwheel
is about to break big with Soma Holiday, and don't be surprised
when "Breathe" is everywhere by the end of the year.
2. Sustain You
4. Louder Than Words
6. Drowning Man
10. Dim Halo
12. The End