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By Devin Morse
If your playlist includes Blind Melon, Maroon 5, Ween, The Darkness or Jamiroquai, you need to check out The Foot. – immediately. This band, experimental rock at its core, is not afraid to reach into the realms of funk, grunge and soul to deliver a clever, original and silky-smooth catchiness.
Some aspects of The Hangman EP are epic enough and so over-the-top that they come off as humorous in their smirking pseudo-cheese. The singer offers moments of arena-rock falsetto and disco-embellishment that balance out his smoky, well-tanned singing voice with simultaneous novelty and grace.
The track “Johnny Got it Wrong” displays the band’s musical diversity, technical ability and compositional adeptness. The song begins with an Egyptian-inspired hook of a verse, moving naturally into a growling chorus reminiscent of Alice in Chains. An abstract bridge section conveys the psychedelic aura of The Mars Volta or Pink Floyd.
“Corner of Sunset” begins with a synth riff that could belong to any number of Supertramp songs. The vocals, however, are equally reminiscent of Maroon 5, Blind Melon, or even… Don Henley? This song is goofy and a bit circus-like, but at the same time innovative and satisfying.
In the end, The Hangman EP is not to be missed. As a band, The Foot. offers a creativity, craftsmanship and freshness that is missing from much of the current alternative rock landscape. They seem fearless in their musical ambition. They are willing to go there, wherever that may be, and are heroes in that respect.