The Como Brothers Band: “Baby Steps” Album Review

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The Como Brothers Band has released their first, full-length album titled “Baby Steps.” Everything about this LP screams mainstream pop, from its catchy hooks to its radio friendly instrumentation. With the release of such a well-crafted LP paired with positive reception garnered from both EPs “The Speed Of Sound,” released Jan. 26, 2012 and “Still Waters,” released Mar. 14, 2013, the chances of The Como Brothers Band going mainstream real soon are more than likely. Their music has appeared on E! Network’s Keeping Up With The Kardashians, MTV’s Real World Portland & St. Thomas and Oxygen Channel’s Best Inked. Radio has responded well too, with features on CBS’s Tomorrow’s Hits Today as well as New Driven Radio, Indie Underground, and Revolver Underground playlist additions.

The Como Brothers Band has opened for major artists including, The Wall Flowers and Jillian Jensen. The duo has also played at various festivals including, the Hard Rock Rising 2013 finals at the Hard Rock Cafe, the Make Music NYC Festival, the Montauk Music Festival and the Port Jefferson Music Festival. Currently, The Como Brothers Band is promoting their new album “Baby Steps,” while gearing up to perform at the NYC Marathon on Nov. 3. Often compared to the sounds of John Mayer, Maroon 5 (early years) and Andy Grammer; Matt Como, 24, and Andrew Como, 22, have already proven that they are talented musicians. They are both skilled at playing the guitar & bass, vocalizing and writing phenomenal lyrics.

Andrew Como (left), Matt Como (right)

Andrew Como (left), Matt Como (right)

The album starts off with the blaring of electric guitars and bass on “Gotta Be True,” a funky bop-your-head-and-clap track, which showcases extraordinary production. On the following track “Numbed,” Matt Como takes the lead, singing about the struggles of a rocky relationship, “And I-I-I want it all, well you got it all/ Ohhhh, I been trying with a troubled heart,” he vocalizes over a dramatic, quick paced tempo.  On “Only Me” Andrew Como delivers intricate, provocative lyrics, as he reminisces about fumbling to express his true emotions for his lover, “Not what I meant never mind, I awkwardly kiss her goodbye/I’ve been thinking it would be just me and that’s just fine/and I desperately want to speak, but I’ve got this tongue, it’s in the way,” is followed by mellow crooning from the chorus “ooooooh, Yeaaaah.” The song is absolutely infectious; but, not quite as infectious as the album’s leading singles, “Straight Face” and “Late Nights.”

The melancholy tone of “Late Nights,” is undeniable. The self-reflective pop-rock ballad focuses on self-redemption brought on by feelings of shame and disgust. The song represents the band at their darkest hour and is the darkest track on the album. “Straight Face” on the other hand, is a happy-go-lucky love song about a gentleman who is delighted to profess his love, using witty metaphors, “You are my Cinderella Dixie cup you make me smile, you and fill me up,” the line, like the rest of the album is quite catchy and is reminiscent of classic bubble gum pop music. In short, “Baby Steps” is a solid album from top to bottom, with enough variations of pop on the 12 track LP to satisfy almost every pop fan. “Baby Steps” receives a grade A. “Baby Steps,” “Still Waters,” and “The Speed Of Sound,” are all available via iTunes & CdBaby.com

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