Dayton, Ohio rockers This Pine Box may be new to the scene, but they play with the polish of a band that’s been creating music together for years. Recorded by John Curley of The Afghan Whigs at his Ultrasuede Studios in Cincinnati, the band’s debut album The Way Out, dropping on vinyl on January 5 via Soul Step Records, showcases the group as one of the bright new lights in alternative rock.
This Pine Box occupies a space somewhere between ‘70s inspired classic rock and modern, danceable pop rock. The Way Out displays the band’s ability to write ultra-catchy hooks, meaningful lyrics, and alluring melodies. The lead-off track, “Go Tell It to Me Now,” is an uptempo jam with smart, aligned vocal and instrumental melodies. The band just as easily falls into the introspective on the slow-burning tune “All the Same,” where cleverly crafted lyrics seemingly deal with the beginning of the end of a relationship.
The standout track is “Composure,” a mysterious account of a man trying to keep it cool that features a haunting riff and some of the strongest vocals from singer Jake Knight on the record. The song also benefits from harmonies by Carsen Holaday, who is a featured guest throughout the album and provides that extra bit of texture with her splendid voice. Generally, This Pine Box’s sound is reminiscent of groups like The Head and The Heart, Hippocampus, and Saintseneca. Listening to The Way Out takes you on a sonic adventure as you discover new aspects to the band’s sound with each track. And what a wonderful adventure it is.
You can stream The Way Out on all streaming platforms including Spotify. You can purchase The Way Out on exclusive colored vinyl from Soul Step Records beginning January 5.
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