Lane Change is the multi-genre band from Phoenix, AZ that just may catch your attention. Combining strong elements of rock, funk, soul, R&B, and pop, Lane Change’s latest EP Rise showcases the musical prowess of each individual member of the band while working together to make a standout album.
The first song off the album is the grooving ‘The Rich Get Richer’, which is reminiscent of 60s psychedelic rock with funk undertones. The prominent bass line moves the song along while the main vocals by Myles Vann and the backing vocals by Lizzie Shafer culminate into the perfect duet. These factors set the stage for the lyrical breakdown about greed and corruption.
‘Club 27’ is an ode to the Forever 27 club, and makes subtle hints at famous ‘club members’ through cheeky lyrics like ‘a purple haze helps guide the way’. It could be imaginative, but elements of famous club member’s music seem to lead the musical inspiration for this song; bringing their tones down a bit with an element of grunge.
My personal favorite song on the album is ‘Floodwater’ because of its catchy melody and chugging guitar sounds that will get your blood flowing and your feet moving. It is the kind of song that makes you put your hands in the air, close your eyes, and dance around to while singing along. The bass heavy ‘We Won’t Back Down’ displays more of Lizzie Shafer’s backing vocals in a stylized R&B/pop combo that will draw you in and hold you through the song.
Though short, Lane Change’s Rise is the perfect combo of songs for introductions to the band’s music. If you need an album with a modernized throwback feel, this is what you need to pick up.
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