The first record to get sent my way from the far reaches of Bowling Green – Heavy Chase’s Spinning in Circles – is a great one. The album opens up with the title track, starting out as a pretty sedated, mid-tempo sound that blooms into a mass of distorted guitars and soaring vocals by the end of its five minutes. The remainder of the EP moves along with the same sort of intensity – the fourth track, Hold On, is especially full of high energy, and in the last minute or so, when the background vocals echo the guitar riff, it’s a simple but highly effective move. If you’re familiar with other Kentucky music that’s going on right now, you might see what I mean when I say that they’ve got a bit of a sound like Lexington’s Astor Place Riot, especially in the way that Rigdon’s voice seems to find some of the more interesting notes in each chord. The rest of the band is rounded out by guitarists Jared McKinney and Jason Sadler, and by a Lexington bred rhythm section in brothers Tom and Sean Elwood on bass and drums, respectively. This album doesn’t do anything really new or out there, but I think that’s a good thing in this case – the songs really hit all the right things, and I’m sure it’d be great to see these guys live. If you’re a fan of high-energy rock, this would be a good album for you to dig into, especially when thinking about supporting your local music scene.
Tracks I Liked: Spinning in Circles!!, Mad Cap!, Hold On!!, Color!!
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– Ben Southworth