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Etta Place, Zebulon Brooklyn

Named after the Sundance Kid’s mysterious lover, Etta Place attempt to evoke a pop nostalgia similar to the 1969 movie of similar concerns.

Named after the Sundance Kid’s mysterious lover, Etta Place attempt to evoke a pop nostalgia similar to the 1969 movie of similar concerns.

The band begin without fanfare; an acoustic guitar and solitary voice spread through the crowd like a sound check bleeding into a crowded barroom from the room next door. With the lead singer’s voice straining at the high notes, the kick drum creeps in and a certain drive slides into the song that is difficult to define.

Etta Place’s myspace recordings come off as more experimental and synthized than they do in front of a barroom mirror and strings of lowest lights. Live, they are a straightforward pop band. Guitar, piano, sparse drum kit, their simple instrument pairings come off as equally charming and amateurish.

Hopping from song to song Etta Place have a handle on undeniably pleasant melodies, and it’s unfortunate that their singer’s voice can’t always maintain the places heights to which their tunes are wont to climb. Strangely, their recordings betray none of these vocal limits.

Regardless of any previous criticism, ‘In Reverie’ has a synthesizer riff that loops and loops through the song devouring thought with its rabid catchiness. Overall, the band’s strength lies in their piano trills hook laden melodies. They have a great handle on the 1,4,5 chord pop progressions of most popular songs.

Currently, they are a solid band to have playing in the middle of a drunken, slightly nostalgic, reunion with old friends, but with a great vocalist it would be hard to keep them off the radar for long.

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