Without pussyfooting around
the subject, All the Dead Pilots quite simply make good
rock music. Easily Lost in the Present , the debut album
from these Baltimore natives, boasts a respectable nine
tracks on a CD tipping the scales only a shade over 30
minutes. And no, this isn't punk.
Fused together is a compilation
of well crafted, densely packed songs that, if any longer,
would not work together. In short, All the Dead Pilots'
songs play like poets write; quick, concise and not wasting
a damn bit of space.
Acting like a band putting
out their third album instead of their first, they pack
in songs that sound great without repeating themselves.
Yeah, you can trace a common root through the entire album,
but the songs play differently enough that you forget
that this is their first album together. Granted, all
four band members are veterans of other bands, but still
Their songs inhale deeply with
the occasional breather to let your ears cool down. They
are the melodies of spring nights in beer gardens and
small club venues where you wish more bands played: not
so hard that your ears bleed but with enough verve to
remind you that rock music is alive and kickin'.
The best thing about Easily
Lost in the Present remains its absolute brilliant chemistry.
Dave Ort's vocals knife through the soundscapes produced
by his band mates like silk. Accompanying him is Paul
Ort's frantic guitar, Greg Anderson's deft bass and the
drums of Chris Smith that never ever seem to quit. When
they come together, you get one hell of a ride you can
bob your head, tap your foot and pump your fist to.
- reviewed by Jonathan Dirksen,