by J. Doodle Lipscomb
The debut album from North Idaho's Unison begins with the catchy pop rock anthem “Frustrated,” which showcases the jumpy vibe, shallow words, and funky synth chords to lead up to its original intent of blowing at full blast to release all of your inner anxieties. But you won’t find any screamo here! Brandon Cate belts out only in quick, disciplined stanzas of his varying vocal tempos. Cate invites Adam Johnson on guitar, Luke Emerson on bass, and Tim Kyker on drums to let go and speed up the pace as they also cannot control their frustrations in the recording studio. This raw intensity translates smoothly into a choppy rockabilly movement alongside the philosophical questioning on “Truth” and “No Questions Asked.”
As if the talent wasn’t already good enough, they move into Rolling Stones-territory with the soft piano-led chord into a congregation against a “sly” and exhilaratingly dangerous muse named “Jezebel.” About three-quarters through this song, you hear how Johnson has been influenced by the beautiful shredding style of Santana (just as listed under “influences” on their MySpace page).
More on Unison: www.myspace.com/unisonuniverse.