Year of the Album — #064
We’re All Just Passing Through – “Bedroom Recordings Vol. 2 (EP)” (2011, Independent)
We’re All Just Passing Through started out as a solo project for Travis Johnides, who used to play guitar for Long Island punkers The Goodwill. Now, working with his sister Alexa as a duo, the band’s latest EP specializes in upbeat pop music with a serious sense of earnest fun. Though three songs is hardly enough to give a full picture of what these two are capable of, “Tonight Is The Night” is an infectious way to get things started, a wall of drums and acoustic guitar standing out like something akin to Mountain Goats lite — pop hooks without any real meat on the bones lyrically.
And though the version on the EP features all manner of background noise and other ambient bedroom sounds, “There Comes A Time” is a particularly solid ballad. It deserves to be recorded in a more professional setting, but when you break it down, this EP delivers exactly what it promises: low-fidelity bedroom recordings which positively sparkle with the pure determination of Travis and Alexa to put a smile on your face. Though there’s plenty of room for the duo to branch out and make a more original name for themselves down the road, this EP is definitely a solid start.
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Listen to “Tonight Is The Night” below, and download your free copy of “Bedroom Recordings, Vol. 2” at Mediafire.