Quiet Zone (EP)

The Go Station

Independent release, 2005


REVIEW BY: Jason Warburg


Funny things happen in this business.  Like for example, me not really fancying 90s Brit-rock icons Oasis -- quit your gasping, now, I just don’t get the appeal of recycled Beatles melodies played loud and muddy over marble-mouthed vocals -- yet being quite entertained by this disc.

The Go Station is a New York-based outfit that throws enough layers of melody and bombast onto their guitar-happy tunes so as to make comparisons to the brothers Gallagher somewhat inevitable.  It’s not the most original sound, but it’s pulled off deftly here and with the added bonus that most of the time you can actually make out the words Doug Levy is singing (take that, Liam).  The group is rounded out on this recording by Matt Friedlander (guitars and backing vocals), Nick Picozzi (bass) and Joel Frost (drums).  (Since my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250 Quiet Zone’s release, the band has added a second guitarist and changed drummers.)

To be fair, opener “C’mon” feels much more Jimmy Eat World than Oasis in its wide-open, earnest melodocism: “Soakin’ up the tears around you / Waitin’ for another dream / etc.”  Oh, but when the spacious arrangement opens up further to reveal a stuttering drum pattern, things do get very Coldplay all of a sudden.  Are you *sure* these guys aren’t from England?  Regardless, a strong and worthy tune.

“Wandering Away” actually starts out feeling somewhat rootsy with a lilting electric figure supporting a repeating lyrical pattern.  Then at 1:30 the big guitars come in and you imagine this tune translating well to a large venue with its sing-along verses and potent breaks.  A little distortion on the vocals near the end adds texture as well.  “Hold On” adds even more echo and distortion to Levy’s vocals, achieving the sort of airy effect you associate with U2, but the fat dirty guitar sound that increasingly takes over the middle section of the song is pure Noel.  Nice acoustic outro, also. 

The closing pair “Another Day” and “The Way Of The World” are where all pretense falls away and the Go Station unloads a double-barreled blast of Oasis-style stadium rock, rich with big, sludgy guitars and a sneering edge to the anthemic vocals.  I shouldn’t like this, but I do.  Maybe it’s the Jet-like swagger and winking humor that comes to the fore in this pair of rockers… or maybe I’m just feeling contrary today.

The fact that Noel Gallagher is a notorious borrower of melodies and hooks only doubles the doppelganger fun of this disc.  Quiet Zone is a joyride through the best elements of ‘90s Brit-pop and modern retro-rock, and a potent opening statement from a band that’s slated to release its first full-length in 2007.  Put me on the list, guys.

Rating: B+

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