Philadelphian blues rockers Something Like a Monument came onto the scene in 2012.
The seeds of the band were planted early in 2007 when high school friends Jamie Shemanski and Don Custer started playing music together. With Custer on bass and Shemanski singing, playing guitar and handling most of the songwriting they recorded and released an EP entitled Hymns From the Attic.
The friends took a hiatus while Don attended college.
Then in 2011 they were back in business when they cemented the band’s lineup with the addition of Josh Aptner on drums and Jeff Lucci on guitar.
Last October they released their debut EP, entitled … And the Crowd Goes Mild.
Check out the Metal Riot review for the … And the Crowd Goes Mild EP here.
Self proclaimed Progressive Blues band Something Like A Monument jams through their debut EP … And the Crowd Goes Mild while vocalist Shemanski croons on.
The EP starts with the rocker ‘Soft Spots’ and that guitar that opens the track is nothing short of delicious, it goes down well when Shemanski croons out, “We spoke of distrust // On the shoulders of our mistakes!”
‘Birds of Prey’ is a soulful song. Soft and powerful in a very 90s-power-ballad-but-not-so-cookie-cutter-kind-of-way.
The last track, “1825”, especially the last bit, with the stripped down, raw acoustic sound, was my favorite part of the whole EP.
… And the Crowd Goes Mild is a solid place to start, it shows a young band with virtuosity doing what they love, making music. I cannot wait to hear more.
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