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Introducing Off Road Minivan, Plus EP review, PLUS Music Video

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Label: Tooth & Nail
Release Date: February, 18 2018

Tracklisting:

  1. Spiral Gaze
  2. Light Up the Room
  3. Glow
  4. 17 Years

Tooth and Nail recently announced the signing of a band called Off Road Minivan. Now, I’m going to be brutally honest here, and it may just be a matter of opinion, but these days I really haven’t found much coming out of Tooth & Nail that I like. In this case however, I decided to take the chance and give these guys a shot and was very glad I did.

Off Road Minivan are a band out of Red Hook, NY with a lineup that includes Fit For A King bassist, Ryan O’Leary. The guys will be releasing their debut ep later this month (2/16), titled “Spiral Gaze” and it is pretty great! Here’s a brief walkthrough.

The opening track to the album is the title track, “Spiral Gaze” and kicks off with some rather ethereal tones, reminiscent of Thrice’s mellower side (think Alchemy Index: Water/Air). Unlike alot of the mellower music you hear released today however, this track actually goes somewhere and has a really great drive to it. Excellent mix of ups and downs to keep you hooked and Ryan’s voice is the perfect fit. A really great track and one that’s a perfect example of what you can expect throughout this ep.

“Light Up the Room” follows a very similar pattern, while “Glow” is just a nice driven song from start to finish. The final track on this ep, “17 Years”, is a great closer that has a bit of a heavier groove to it, while showcasing the band’s versatility. At the end of the ep, I found myself eager to hear more.

“The Spiral Gaze” ep is a very welcome breath of fresh air in a music scene that has seemingly been caught in a rather lengthy rut. I can easily see this being an ep that becomes a quick favorite of many listeners out there and I hope to see and hear more like them on Tooth & Nail in the future. It would certainly be a great start to reviving the label.

Make sure you check out Off Road Minivan on Facebook and pre-order the upcoming ep, “The Spiral Gaze” right here.

 

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josue

que viva el rock cristiano que viva la cristian music que viva Jesucristo por siempre ever and ever

josue

gran banda espero ke e sigan en los caminos del señor y después no se alejen como underoath asta blasfemaron de la música cristiana y del cristianismo

Daniel J

Yeah, this is a great track. Pre-ordered, and can’t wait to hear more.

Scott Young

This is AWESOME! And yeah, agree on Tooth and Nail sentiments.

ChrisNR

This reminds me of Citizen and Hearts Like Lions

BenjiKunz

This is the best debut song I’ve heard by a T&N band in a long, long time. I’ve been happy with a lot of the artists they’ve signed recently, but this is exactly the kind of song I hope for every time I see a new signee. Can’t stop listening.

Wow, you are right! I wasn’t expecting much, but this song is really good–and Alchemy Index Thrice is my favorite Thrice.

Bill C.

Just T&N putting more albums together for CONTEMPORVANT worship use (make what sells). But I’m just a cranky old dude who still listens to his early T&N releases. I miss Joe Christmas.

Stevo

Summer hymns was a post joe Christmas band. I have their music

Derek O.

For awhile, I would totally agree with you on not liking a lot of what Tooth & Nail was putting out. That was until they signed Tyson Motsenbocker, Hearts Like Lions, and Civilian.

Stevo

Fit for a king is from Texas and these guys New York so how does that work

John

Tuck has only been in FFAK since 2014, so he may not be FROM Texas? ¯_(ツ)_/¯

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