You never know what to expect from prog bands nowadays and that’s one reason why I love the genre. It’s constantly expanding its boundaries. Remanon are another very talented prog band from Texas that for me. The 4 song EP “Episodes” is a good introduction to what Remanon are about and what they are capable of musically.
The track “Calamitous Cacophony” is a perfect example of the bands technical ability which gets framed well within the context of an actual song versus just showing off for the sake of it. They have equal parts Mars Volta and Trail of Dead in them on this track. Imagine the hyper-connectivity of The Mars Volta harnessed with the more tuneful nature of Trail of Dead. I hate having to compare new bands to existing bands but view it as a point of reference rather than a literal “soundalike” situation. It’s rather mind blowing how many notes are flying around but Remanon have a very tight arrangement that keeps it all under control.
“Justice Paige” shows that indeed Remanon are not always about twists and turns. The song is slower and somewhat spacey. It’s a great showcase for bassist Jimmy Rodriguez too. I like that about the production and mix on the EP. Each musician can be heard loud and clear. Not bad for a young band starting out! “The Magus” is a good mix of both songs prior to it. And I should mention that vocalist Nathan Alvarado has a great voice.
“Episodes” shows that Remanon should have a bright future ahead of them. Hopefully, we will hear more from these guys very soon. Support indie bands and pick up a digital copy of “Episodes.”
1. Calamitous Cacophony
2. Justice Paige
3. The Magus
4. …I Only Exist In Your Mind