Title: Bosc (EP)
Release Date: n/a
Review By: Josh IndieVision
01. Will It Ever
02. Nobody Else
03. If Only
Brett Lesher: Vocals, Guitar
James Campbell: Keys, Backup Vocals
Jason Ontjes: Bass
Steve Mesanko: Drums
Bosc is a group that I was completely unfamiliar with when I received this EP in the mail and I had absolutely no clue what to expect as I popped it in the player.What I was presented was a piano led rock group with great melodies and pleasant musical offerings. It wouldn’t do them service to compare them to other popular piano rock groups out there because they have less poppiness than groups like Something Corporate.
Will It Ever End blends a great piano lead over acoustic guitar, with light drumming blending in the background. I have to be honest and say that the drum beat actually drew me away from the other parts because of it’s offbeat nature at some points. The song is relaxed, soft, and sweet and flows nearly flawlessly throughout. A short piano interlude is placed in and again shows off the writing ability of the group.
Nobody Else surely brings a John Mayer guitar approach. Short strums lead the way in and continue once the drums and piano back it up. I’m once again extremely impressed with the piano. I had to listen one time through this album just to focus on listening to the piano work. He could stand on his own in a solo piano outfit should he choose to do so.
Standout Tracks: “Nobody Else”, “If Only”
Overall Rating: Think along the lines of Coldplay and possibly Lovedrug, is the best description I can give. Although, I would say that I would much rather listen to Bosc than Coldplay any day. Sadly there are only 4 tracks on this release. I can imagine a full length being that much more enjoyable. An album you could set on repeat and listen to over and over and over again. Intelligent and enchanting, these guys should have a place in your stereo!
Album Art/Design: Just a slim paperboard case with a bit of art on it. Makes sense for a band who is just getting their name out there.
Lyrics: No lyrics were included and I didn’t really have the time to sit and really sit and listen to the lyrics/transcribe lyrics.
Marketability: Someone needs to take notice of these four gentlemen who are teeming with potential. A label like Floodgate or even The Militia Group would suit them extremely well and get their sounds into the right people’s ears. I can easily believe that this band has bigger things in store and I cannot wait to hear what they’ll bring to the table.
Production: Quite well done, with no apparent complaints. The instrumentation blends well together and do not overpower each other. Vocals are set at a perfect volume level to match the music.
Vocals: I really enjoyed ‘s vocals. He pretty much leads the way throughout. Definitely a higher vocal range, he delivers a unique sound utilizing both vibrato and falsetto. The backup vocals sound very similar to his own, if they aren’t indeed his. They are sparsely thrown in and do add to the attractiveness of the melodies.
Similar To: Coldplay, John Mayer, Lovedrug