The Changes - Today is Tonight
(Drama Club Records)
The Changes are yet another band from Chicago. When they played the Lollapalooza festival in 2005 they were the only unsigned band. Naturally, they wouldn't retain that title for long. Their self-produced debut, 'Today is Tonight', engineered by Chris Brickley (Yankee Hotel Foxtrot) is already garnering a bit of a buzz as a band to watch.
The Changes play smart, pure-artpop, with big keyboards and bigger melodies. Obvious comparisons exist with The Postal Service, at times they sound similar to Police, sometimes The Smiths and sometimes The Strokes (but without the posturing). The record really does stand out from all the emo-punk that every other band seems to be these days. 'Today is Tonight' opens with 'When I Wake', starting with a carnival sound before the big drums and Rob Kallick's grooving bass enters.
Thematically, 'Today is Tonight' chronicles a day, from awaking, through 'Twilight' to 'When I Sleep'. The bouncy guitars and hum-able choruses disguise the inventiveness and complexity underlying the songs. Nothing is overly complicated, but nothing needs to be. It's a gratuitously enjoyable album, and will surely be the next Chicago band to join CD shelf.
For Fans of: The Postal Service, The Police
Listen to: When I Wake, Sisters,
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