It is confusion at its best! to say the least, Modern American Theater’s new album We Could Make a House is just that a theatrical melee, as the hyper melodic vocals and Prog-Rock instrumental patterns fight for notice. M.A.T. presents the pleasant emotionally charged vocals of  Natalie Diaz which serve as an opponent to the fast pace (sometimes missing) musical structure that fuels this album. At first listen the opening track “She’s like that with everyone” serves as a good introduction to the intricacies of the album, however the story line is passing in the song order thereafter.

The energetic album provides a  constant display of battling instruments. The  percussion’s are set on frenzy as they go toe to toe with manic guitar riffs, meanwhile the bass emulates a similar need for speed. Not to say that the entire album is set on rush, the fifth track “Shotgun, Preferably” provides listeners with a momentary instrumental breach from the ever present up-tempo tone of it’s counterparts. This Los Angeles based band’s debut album works the gray matter in a way that  may appear as unwelcoming to devoted mellow music seekers. Its assault leaves an open door for a more harmonious musical journey that will hopefully be present in their future releases.

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Shea Newkirk

Executive Editor, Long Beach Independent

Shea has been involved in the Long Beach music scene since 2003 helping to promote unsigned, independent bands and musicians through various media including photos, video, event production, and marketing. Founder of and Folk Revival Festival as well as a musician with over 15 years experience, Shea has a great ear for finding the best independent music coming out of the local Long Beach music scene.

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