The Sighs are: Robert LaRoche leads on the vocals, Matt Cullen blow your socks off with his guitar, Tommy Pluta is on the bass and Tom Borawski on drums. The Sighs are a 4 piece self-defined power pop-rock band from Massachusetts. I’ve never been to MA but this might just be the perfect locale to explore the upbeat, sunny, catchy and sometimes angsty realm of musical expression.
“Wait On Another Day” delivers all of the above and will reveal all the a-typical conventions of today’s modern pop-music that so many adore. This creates a solid sonic space for the listener to bask in. The first track “It’s Real” lifts off the ground smoothly in a really abrupt way (if that ever makes sense) and is an impressive kickoff statement. It’s remarkably easy to get hooked on and listen, and gravities you right away like a magnet. All songs present a stunning collection of melodic and hooky music that slowly runs the gamut and has much to offer insofar as impressive music and captivating vocals. This make the listener feel right at home, but most songs color outside the lines of pop. I say this because The Sighs are not afraid to talk and sing about topics that aren’t as poppy as you would think. With song titles like “Socialite” and “Think About Soul” what would you expect. I don’t mean this in a dark way but some of the topics are a bit stark and serious – not so carefree as one would expect.
Musical comparable for me include The Fray, Bright Eyes, Oasis, and The Smashing Pumpkins. ON the other side of the sonic spectrum I Can also hear: Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Eagles and Kansas. One cannot help but admire artists with strong songwriting skills and truthful conviction all the while demonstrating a strong a level of creativity. One senses a growing ambition as this release advances. LaRoche’s appealing vocals hit the mark and with intellectually stimulating lyrics providing a very real and powerful source of inspiration. The musicianship is rock steady and the overall production value tows the line. All in all this is a fresh, hot 4 piece band based from Massachusetts.
If you want a solid pop rocking staple with some grungy hints there’s something on this record for you. Obviously many will fall head over heels with The Sighs. This is one band that’s set up rather well for mainstream success this year. Some of this plays into strong marketability potential world wide. Some pieces present more modern sounding overtones but despite all this the flavor possess traditional Rock n’ Roll textures. This is really what makes them so enticing to me personally. The band possesses an impressive throwback look and sound. “Wait On Another Day” grants you rare access to peer into the soul of a an artist not so tormented but rather easy going and positive – from a deep, thought provoking, alternative and pop-rock perspective shall we say.