How many members does a band requires to be awesome? The answer to what it might sound like a dumb question is: it depends. It really depends on the creative forces behind such group. One does get surprise when two dudes (or dudettes… or a mix of both) get to pull out what four or six fellows strive with more often than not. However, while you hear about the single artists, the duos and the four to six member rock bands, trios are a very rare and somewhat extinct creature into the rock scene. While there has been some great live collaborations by three iconic artists on the GRAMMYs every year, you don’t get to see that and even in those case scenarios, some does get to have a background band supporting them. However, while they aren’t as common, we can’t deny there’s a John Butler Trio.
And speaking of which, one that might jump into that wagon with great success it might have to be the Bud Collins Trio (though technically they aren’t too much of a trio). A perfect example of it can be found on their latest album No 5uch Th1ng. The record is almost literally a journey into the past, the hey days of melodic rock and roll and the Wall of Sound in the veins of The Beatles and The Beach Boys, while incorporating some of that dreamy vibe the likes of Pink Floyd came to be known. Each of the three songs on the record gets to navigate through different decades and pull out influences from a wide spectrum.
While the album is fun, however its budget does reflect throughout the album as the ambition never comes together as epic and loud as the band would love to and instead, songs like the title track, does get a bit amateurish and messy, which again, its very sad as you feel like there’s an ambition and a creative force looking to be unleash yet it finds itself constrain by the lack of sources.
In the end, No 5uch Th1ng by Bud Collins is full of potential. Hopefully as they move into their musical career, their next albums may get a bigger production team behind and all that talent waiting to takeover does finds its way to succeed on that mission. In the meantime, definitely an album fans of 70s and 80s rock music might dig into.