When a band sounds like they belong on the Garden State soundtrack, it’s usually a 50/50 chance of either being utterly beautiful or overly hipster.
The Rest, an eclectic band from California, reminds me of the 60s on Haight-Ashbury Street – music was simply a means of expression, both chaotic and charming. Hippies on one street corner, performance artists on the other. This band would be suited as either a set of said performers (the song “Apples and Allergies”) or as an opening act for U2 (the song “Walk On Water”).
Taking a page from more recent well-known bands’ publicity play books, their debut album Atlantis, Oh Our Savior is available as a free download – and the CD single for “Apples and Allergies” is in a handmade case. This 7-piece set of soulful balladeers and atmospheric musicians definitely earned the right to be considered artistic.
By far, that very same single is my favorite with a classic rock opening complete with abstract lyrics that make you sit back and wander aimlessly inside your head.
Go check out their website and do exactly that – rest.
The Rest 2008 Tour Dates:
09/06 – Hamilton, ON @ Catherine North
09/13 – Brantford, ON @ The Ford Plant
09/20 – Guelph, ON @ Jimmy Jazz