Candysound – Amadeus EP

Candysound is a rad band from Bellingham, WA. They were finalists in the EMP’s Sound Off competition but stupidly did not win. With that said, they have a new EP out and it’s pretty good. Pre-tay, pre-tay good. The band was formerly a two-piece, just guitar and drums. They’ve since added a bassist, I’m not sure how I feel about that. I’m a sucker for two-pieces. Regardless, they have a powerful sound and a real ear for catchy hooks. “Turned In” roars in the swinging 6/8 choruses. “August” waxes poetic about summer nights. “We Don’t Try” is the highlight of the EP, as the guitar is fuzzy, ambient, a wash of sound that evokes a revitalized Pixies or Sunny Day Real Estate with some Slowdive thrown in. “Summary” is a more straight forward rocker. These guys have serious chops. They are probably the best Washington band you haven’t heard of. They spent their formative years listening to some sick bands. “Forward” is actually probably the highlight here. They eschew traditional strong structure. They make you think, make your head nod. Why the hell are they still playing Teen Centers?

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I am a student at the University of Washington, majoring in Percussion Performance and Music Education. View all posts by ctrimis

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