Please buy this album when possible, if you like it. They're a local band to me here in Tampa, FL. Just saw their performance at Vinyl Fever (local indie record shop) this afternoon. Amazing depth and volume of sound from three players, with an airy rhythm and pace akin to Sigur Ros but somehow equally overlaid with a great rockin' taste.
Group: Candy Bars
Album: On Cutting Ti-gers in Half and Understanding Narravation
Label: New Granada (www.newgranada.com)
Players: Daniel Martinez (vox, guitar, keys), Ryan Hastings (drums), Melissa Castellano (cello)
Release Date: 1/31/2006
Rewiew from their Myspace:
"Candy Bars is one of the few bands that gives me confidence in independent, local music. While the band's setup is very minimalistic (one guitar/vocal and drums (bass, snare, hihat, one cymbal)), their sound is anything but that. Martinez and Hastings, both superb musicians, fill up such an intense amount of space with their playing that you don't even miss the presence of other instruments/musicians. Whether it be Martinez' trademark delay pedal feedback or Hastings' dreamy riveted cymbal, Candy Bars' live performance leaves you constantly asking "Where the hell is all that sound coming from?"
The band has recorded six songs, featuring more orchestration than their live show. The strongest of these songs, "The Flood In Your Old Town," sends chills up my spine each time I hear it. Conjuring up images of late Sunny Day Real Estate, the song features harpsichord and resonator bells, two instruments you'd be hard pressed to find on any other contemporary recording.
Candy Bars is a band that must be seen live and heard on recording, neither alone will suffice. They manage to not disappoint with either medium of performance. Once you've heard both, you will be converted and will truly believe again in the potential of independent music."
---Eric Atria GBdC
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