Music aficionados everywhere love discovering new albums. We have our favourites, but we’re always looking for different bands to love and new albums to excite us. Once in a while, we get a band that does exactly that: exceeds expectations, knocks us down and completely takes over our music playlists. This year, one of the very best bands to do that is Short of Able.
With their second full-length album, Short of Able seems to have come out of nowhere as a musical powerhouse. The Edmonton-based band has used bucketloads of talent and a fresh and well-developed sound to create a fantastic new album that is already considered one of the highlights of 2012. Named The Last One’s Gone, the album is completely and entirely magnificent, a 15-song collection of awesomeness set to music. It’s good. It’s really good. And whether you’re looking for something soft and sad (“You Know”), upbeat and rocky (“Fraggle”) or twangy and kind of country (“Last Call”), you’ll find something to love.
Short of Able is one of those great bands that can’t be clearly defined. They sound like everyone and like no one, and it really takes a whole list of comparable acts to even try to describe them. Think a combination of Hinder, Three Doors Down, Everclear, Arkells, Default, Thrice, Tom Petty and the universal appeal of the Foo Fighters, all rolled into a unique package that sounds like none of them. Generally they’re an acoustic alternative folk-rock pop, with songs you can sing to but aren’t quite able to copy. They carefully walk the line between familiar and ordinary, offering a sound everyone will like without being bored by, and in doing so have created an album that will go down as a lasting favourite.
The band’s skills are shown in different ways throughout the album, from the solid guitars and percussion to the gorgeous voice on lead singer Justin Wisser. Really, though, it’s the combination of these things that make the music so powerful. They blend together and complement each other well, and the harmonies and tones created are what resonate so strongly in the guts and soul of the album. It’s a well-developed, well-executed album, and Short of Album pulls it all together with clear perfection, balance and natural chemistry.
Short of Able really needs to be heard. The Last One’s Gone will be officially released October 20 at Edmonton’s Avenue Theatre, but for a taste of the band’s sound check out the album’s lead single, “Bring It On Home”. Short of Able is also getting attention for their newly released video, “Songs from the Streetcar”, and the band’s website has a ton of other music samples. Like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter and love them in real life: they’re exciting and new, and they’re going to be huge.