BANDAID BRIGADE – I’m Separate
Previously making the most of their talents in PEARS and Scorpios respectively, Zach Quinn and Brian Wahlstrom have come together for the Bandaid Brigade project, in the processing churning out an exquisite album by the name of I’m Separate.
There’s plenty of tunes on hand here that impress with fluent harmonies, delightfully melodic mixture of riffs and pianos, and pretty nice beats to them – Everything, Christmas Tree – while others up the ante, being super vibrant and catchy – Travel Light, Holding Steady and especially Losing Light.
But even beyond those choices, they continue in displaying solid variety. Attila has a notably darker tone to it, especially visible through the writing and the aggressive-sounding guitars, and Break The Grid has this off-the-charts energy amplified by the bright and bouncy synths and fervent yells.
The powerful, hard-hitting Going To Rain Today has to be the undisputed highlight here, and other songs including the hooking Stay Busy and Nothing Matters ride off strong emotions; the latter leading into a surreal, cool conclusion.
This lucrative collaboration has spawned a superbly diverse record that openly indulges in various styles, proving to be a really entertaining ride with minimal flat spots in the process.