Switches â€“ We Are Switches / 2007 Interscope / 4 Tracks / http://www.myspace.com/weareswitches /
â€œLay Down The Lawâ€ is the first track on this EP, and it shows The Switches as a band that can create an angular rock sound that does not sound like the style crafted by many of the other bands in that style. This is done by incorporating a softer, more dreamy type of style â€“ what results is something decidedly new and fresh. â€œLay Down The Lawâ€ is a track that will get individuals herking and jerking on the dance floor, and the easily digestible style of Switches will bring fans from all different genres to their cause. The fact that the track ends well before the three minute mark is a further benefit for the band, as individuals that might not find themselves that big of a fan of â€œLay Down The Lawâ€ will likely dig the next track, â€œDrama Queenâ€. â€œDrama Queenâ€ throws together equal parts Steppenwolf, David Bowie, and the Strokes in another track that will get individuals up.
â€œMessage From Yuzâ€ begins the second half of the EP, and portrays the Switches in a way similar to â€œDrama Queenâ€. The band has settled themselves into a retro style that moves into the current period at points. The band may not be creating completely new styles of music with the tracks on â€œWe Are Switchesâ€, but they play a fun style of rock that will be bouncing around listenersâ€™ heads for months to come. The bandâ€™s biggest hit comes in â€œNo Heroâ€, which ratchet things up to the work of a Bay City Rollers or even dance-era Queen. The band has talent, and their upcoming full length will hopefully expand on the styles broached here. Give the band a go if you are put off by the angular sound of acts like The Rapture, but still like a lot of dance in your rock music.
Top Track: No Hero