I didn't really want to write this review. Andy, a member of the band, is my supervisor at work and asked me to write one. The big problem then, is that as a supervisor, any bad review is a mark against me and a good review is seen as ass kissing. I could just not write the review, but I'm too adventurous for that. No, the gauntlet has been thrown, and I must accept.
At the start, the packaging is a cardboard slipcase instead of a jewel case. There are four people on the cover, the lead singer standing on a chair, overlooking the other three who are sitting down. He is holding a bright red bullhorn, but isn't shouting through it. Flip the slipcase over and you see four more people, the rest of the people in the band. Again, there are three people sitting, but at the far end is Andy standing, his back turned and wearing a black cowboy hat.
The ep has only five songs on it, however, they clock in at just over 23 minutes. The overall sound is rock in roll with The Who, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Chicago influences. Like the great classic rock bands, The Suburban Sound utilizes a horn section. The first track, "Take Off," starts with a "make your ass jiggle" guitar riff and a crescendoing "hey yaaaa" that breaks into a rock n roll shout. The guitar finally breaks into a chord and the the horn section breaks in with Chicago-esque harmony. When the vocals start, they are comfortably sung, yet are definitely rock n roll.
The song after that, "Shadow," begins with a bouncing bass line, then the guitars come in followed by the horns. It starts off cool, then goes into a chorus which really highlights the horns well. Unfortunately, the song goes on too long and the chorus gets too repetitive. The song is almost saved by the cool dual guitar solo, however, I can't get past the chorus.