Under the Influence of Giants combines two bands of the post grunge style- Audiovent and Home Town Hero- into a mutant baby of disco, rock, alternative, dance, and funk.
The band’s self-titled debut for Island may incorporate several different styles, but it’s still a pop album- plain and simple. It doesn’t try too hard to be something it’s not but it succeeds with the way it’s crafted. The sound is incredibly thick and the instrument work by all of these music vets is outstanding. Aaron Bruno has the perfect voice for this style of music. It’s versatile and you kind of get that feeling that he can do anything musically that he wants to do. He and Drew Stewart have been together since high school including their stint in Home Town Hero- and it shows. Along with David Amezcua and Audiovent’s Jamin Wilcox, Stewart and Bruno have chemistry that normally takes years to develop.
There’s not a lot of variety here. Every song moves into the next one seamlessly- but that’s not a bad thing. You’ll love it or you’ll hate it, there’s no in between. Every song has a bit of disco in it and every song has some rock in it. It’s a style that only this band can pull off this well.
This album is good listen to every once in a while. It’s not going to be on of your favorites, but it’s not intended to be. Radio friendly and drawing heavily from some of the past’s great artists, (hence the name) Under the Influence of Giants has the stuff that’ll blow your socks off… just not all the time