Ciccone Ritchie

Ciccone Ritchie EP

Written by: PP on 24/12/2010 17:42:52

It's a bit of a coincidence that the day after I caught a new Danish rock band called Ciccone Ritchie supporting Stream City at Rust, a copy of their self-titled EP was awaiting for me in my mailbox, a disc that has been in heavy rotation ever since. You see, Ciccone Ritchie sound very, very much like one of my all time favorite rock bands from the 90s / early 2000s era: Incubus. More specifically, they reference the "Make Yourself" era when Incubus was a little less experimental and somewhat heavier and slightly nu-metal / hard rock influenced in their approach to modern alternative rock.

That's not to say that Ciccone Ritchie are a clone of Incubus, or even copy-catting them by any means. It's just that the atmosphere and melodies they've come up with on songs like "Midas Touch" reminds me a lot of that era by the band, a trait brought by their excellent vocalist, whose harmonies are almost certainly influenced by Brandon Boyd's solid melodies from back then. The sharp listener will be able to detect instrumental similarities to Creed's "My Own Prison" on "The Storm Inside The Hourglass", the crunchy-yet-melodic guitars rolling out alternative rock the way it was always meant to be played. "Place Of Death" continues with dreamy vocal melodies that float up high in the soundscape nicely, forming a strangely introspective mood to the song, a fitting element to this sort of music. Final song "Arcadia" seals the Creed comparison by containing riffs and guitar tone that's almost identical to Creed classic "Higher". Careful there guys, it's ok to draw influence but plagiarism is a no go. Personally, I don't care that much though cause I'll readily admit being a sucker for Creed stuff and anything that sounds similar.

Download: The Storm Inside The Hourglass, Arcadia
For the fans of: Incubus, Creed
Listen: Myspace

Release date 31.10.2010

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