Album: Fellow EP
Reviewer: Tyler Hess
Sometimes what you expect to happen is the very cause of the opposite action to occur. In related news, I enjoy both making up my very own proverbs and listening to the same CD over and over again until I can actually find something more than the obvious in a band, at least when I have the time and opportunity. At first glance, Fellow, an alternative rock band out of Visalia, California has incredibly similar vocals to Flyleaf (minus any kind of screaming), but with a different approach. At second glance, they are exactly what I just said, but they are still catchy and worthy of our earbuds.
There is no doubt about what Fellow is trying to say in their lyrics, not that they aren’t cleverly crafted, they just aren’t in the business of being vague, as they deal with the same issues any Christian trying to walk the path of righteousness would endure. Starting off with “Only Me”, Fellow addresses the issue of dwelling only on self instead of anyone else, as they demonstrate quickly that they will have a good, catchy chorus, but not getting caught up in it so much that they won’t push forward. “Don’t Ignore Me” follows with an attempt to realize that loneliness is not a necessity in this life. “Ever and Ever” is up next brings an eternal perspective of comfort in the Father’s arms and brings us the first moments of actually letting the vocals take a few seconds of air before jumping right back into the mix and even a tempo change halfway through the song. Then comes “Falling Away”, which starts a bit slower and methodical before going back to their strength and the formula that will give them the most success in another great chorus, as they go back and forth between wanting to press on in the faith while struggling with going the wrong way, eventually admitting the need for help in humility. Finally we come to “Fear”, which seems to be a continuation of the previous song, before breaking into a semi-hidden but not so much song featuring some keys and a nice melancholic ending.
You know what? I can listen to this ep over and over again. You can too if you want to. You probably should want to, unless you don’t want to, but if you don’t want to then you probably haven’t read this far anyway, because if the first paragraph didn’t turn you off then the second one shouldn’t have because this is a nice ep. They could work on cleaning things up a bit and a top notch producer could do that I’m quite sure, but this is a worthy indie product.