MP3 The Options - Romance is Bullshit
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10 MP3 Songs
ROCK: Modern Rock, POP: Power Pop
From the midwest void come the Options playing mid-tempo rock with loaded lyrics. Their 1st long-player titled 'Romance is Bullmake' is now available on their own Octopus records label. The Options have shared bills with acts such as the Florescent Lie and the International Creeps.
Review from the Oklahoman 10-10-03:
The Options "Romance is Bullmake" (Octopus Records) -- Garage rock lives, and so does the power trio, in the form of Norman band The Options, but this no throwback to the hair bands of yore. Bassist-vocalist Robbie Egle tailors tough, smart, straight-forward songs for Pat Quigley's sharp, spare, stinging guitar work and brother Billy Egle's surefire slapshot drumming.
The primitive, eight-track production of "Romance is Bullmake," accomplished at Norman's Alien Studios, is devoid of sonic enhancements, giving it that indie D.I.Y. feel, but the delivery is taut and tuneful. Rabble-rousers such as "Sensitive Driver" and "Books are Opened" are offset nicely by the unexpected and moving cover of the little-known Bee Gees ballad "Down to Earth," from the 1968 album "Idea."
Review from Loud Magazine 10-08-03:
Oklahoma City's the Options uses its influences like a big box of crayolas. Like a child engrossed with a coloring book, the band slathers color upon color and often goes outside the lines to achieve its own artistic statement. The great news is that all of the crayons in the Options' box are good ones.
The Options' sound is pitched somewhere between the snarling punk of the Sex Pistols and the glam rock of Mott the Hoople. And while its influences scream the obvious from time to time. "Romance is Bullmake" is quite a breathtaking showcase. It shows the band has its heart in the right place and knows how to careen through the musical landscape without being superficial or beholden to anything.
Review from https://www.tradebit.com 10-18-03:
The Options are an indie rock trio with a classic rock edge. They have a passionate sound complete with that crawling bass, haunting guitars and creeping drumbeats. Pat Quigley does some interesting things with an electric guitar (4,5,10). This album is well mixed; the vocals are clear and the instruments well tuned. It contains a nice instrumental (5). The two singers have an evocative vocal mix reminiscent of the sound from an early 80's indie horror film. When they duo it sends the good kind of shills up and down your spine. Good 10 song CD to add to your collection.
To the band: In your future song writing efforts, be careful about repeating the same phrase over and over - the goes for words and music. From time to time this can be a good thing, but don't overdo it. You guys have a good mix. I can just imagine you having a track in a Pulp Fiction type flick. Very edgy stuff. Keep on rockin' fellas'.
reviewed by spongeballcornerpocket
Reviews from https://www.tradebit.com:
Nice, Very Nice.
I cannot really tell much about this song due to production and the quality of streaming media. What I do hear sounds pretty kick ass. Just sounds like a garageband pumping out the hippest jams on their block. The vocals are tight and the harmonies kick ass. The guitars have the mindless, but coolnes of a poppy AC/DC mixed with a stoned black crowes. The bass guitar...well I can't hear it but I'm sure it is good. Keep up the good work!
Reviewed by: malakikort from Greenwood, South Carolina
The vocals remind me of the Talking Heads (take that how you will). In fact the whole song reminds me of them quite a bit (that's a good thing). The mix is good. I like the melody, and the guitar parts. My only complaint might be that the bass is lost. I can hear it, but it isn't adding much just doubling the guitars. I really like the guitar solo. Very fun song. Good work.
Reviewed by: Dugan27 from Forest Park, Illinois
There's a catchy melody to this track that would stick with you long after the song is over. Vocals blend nicely with the music and the Guitars keep the melody engaging, especially the bass rhythm. Nice performance.
Reviewed by: thebanddys from Lawton, Oklahoma
Pretty Decent Lo-fi Rock
Sounds like a cross between Guided By Voices and REM when they are in rock and roll mode. A little bit of the Pixies noticeable in there. Guitars are pretty laid back but punchy enough to be catchy. The bass isn't real noticable in the mix, might want to remix it with the bass boosted a bit. Vocals aren't too bad. Frank Black and David Lee Roth meet? I'm not sure how to describe that one.
Reviewed by: skinnyemo77 from Wildomar, California
Invest in some production and get a new lead singer.
Intro reminds me of some 60's rock (actually the whole song did). Mix is HORRIBLE. Can't even hear or understand the vocals. Sounds like it was sung through an empty paper towel roll into a roll of toilet paper. Vocals need some work - try to spend a little more time on the mixing to hid the lack of range. Guitars are REALLY repetitious. Bass has a catchy chord.
Reviewed by: railch from unknown
Good Song, kick ass groove.
To be completely honest, I'm not a huge fan of the vocal style - sort of reminds me of the Cars. Or perhaps many off-key borderline punkish/rockish attitude bands from the 70's and beyond. This is not necessarily bad - it works very well with the music! The guitars and bass are good and work well off each other. The drums are solid and the production is good. All in all, the song is good and the groove is kick ass. Keep it up!
Reviewed by: john_turner from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Classic soundin beginnin.
I like ya voice, rugged but still gets the point across without losin the melody in it. The guitar riffs are nice. The bass player is definitely clean, I like him alot, bass is what gels alotta songs, but in this case the whole thing is nice, but the bass really helps.
Reviewed by: ill_logic from Lafayette, Louisiana
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