Savile Row CD Review

When listening to a band, you can’t help but make comparisons to other well known acts around the world. Savile Row is no exception. When listening to their music, you can’t help but think they are a displaced band living in Vancouver. Their Brit-Rock feel leaves me wondering if they’re in the right continent let alone right city.

In 2002, three suburban Vancouverites formed The Golden Mean. With Polo Cebrero on guitar and vocals, Dan Schubert with drum duties, and Nick Lagasse taking over the reigns of bass, these three musicians took the Vancouver music scene by storm. Playing in highly touted clubs like The Roxy, The Media Club, and Mesa Luna, the boys in The Golden Mean formed their own musical identity. With this new-found sense of character, the rest of the band decided to bring in another guitarist by the name of Chris Alarcon. With this add to the lineup, the band kept gaining the confidence they needed. In the summer of 2005, they decided to record their first EP titled “Evolution of Truth.” After recording this five-song demo, the band decided on a name change. They evolved into Savile Row, also known for the street address for the last Beatles concert, which is incidentally one of their many influences. In July of 2006, Scott Bell was added to the final lineup and became the new lead vocalist, adding a new element to the already talented foursome.

Evolution of Truth is a wonderful EP to listen to and I couldn’t help but keep it on repeat. The CD starts off with “Blown Away,” which, right away, shows the influence of Oasis and other Brit-Rockers. The heavy bass and drums give an impression of danceable rock, which is sure to be a crowd pleaser at shows. “Rigor Mortis” continues on this same path, but with a darker presence. The musical interlude shows off the talent that resides within each of the musician, from memorable bass riffs to outstanding guitar solos. “Fast Friends” slows down the pace and brings in the emotion that is needed to make a song unforgettable. The added keyboard by Jon Schubert and Daniel Byrne brings in a whole new layer that makes the song more melodic. “Shimmer in the Grass” is, in the words of Savile Row, an all out Zeppelin-like jam session. The “Rigor Mortis” epilogue brings the EP to an end, leaving the listener wanting more. There is much potential in this band, and I am very excited to see what they make of this. If the band can continue to compose tracks like the ones they did on this EP, the talent will bring them all to a new level. Be on the look out for this British, but not really British, rock-band in the future.

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