"Demo" (Self-produced)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Here at RoughEdge.com, we try to support the up and coming artist. One of the ways we do this is to not point out glaring production deficiencies in demo products. Obviously, young bands don't have the cash to rent a major studio and/or hire a skilled producer and the warts are likely to show. That doesn't usually concern us; what concerns us is the quality of the music.

That being said, it's difficult not to point out the production gaffs in Wishing Well's demo, mainly because they glaringly impact the quality of the music captured hereon. First, when the vocalist uses a word with a "p" or a "b" in it, it pops. Why? They were probably too close to the microphone. Big deal? No. But you will notice it and I'd rather you were aware of it up front than surprised by it later.

Second, the production is very sterile. This is typical and almost unavoidable with a small budget. Again, no big deal, but you should know.

Finally, back to the vocals. Lead vocalist Leo I. Barzola is a cross somewhere between Rush's Geddy Lee and Justin Hawkins of The Darkness. In other words, his style is unique to say the least. As presented on this demo, Barzola's vocals will grate on the nerves more often than not. They're not a deal-breaker here but sometimes come close. A little guidance from a skilled producer and an adept engineer would do wonders.

Now, onto the music (at last). The four songs on this demo range from the solid rockers ("Made of Metal") to the jaunty Steve Miller-esque of "Queen of Hearts." The songs are simply written but effective and the guitars are solid, if also simple throughout. Again, a little flashy production would have helped here but the guitars -- both rhythm and lead -- give the CD a much needed boost.

This demo doesn't make me want to give up on Wishing Well, but it certainly makes me hope for more from them the next time around.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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